Which animal is this?
While hiking on Fuerteventura we were able to see this fierce beast, waiting to pounce on its prey (full picture in the end of page).
Like many others, the animal on the picture has been introduced and is now considered a plague. The ecology of islands are especially vulnerable and the introduction of exotic species can be devastating for the native wildlife and Fuerteventura is no exception. It’s easy to get angry and curse them, but after all its not their fault but actually our own. Anyways, its difficult to be mad with them when they are such cute charismatic little fellows like the barbary ground squirrels, isn´t it?
Even though they are charming, we found them to be very misbehaved and to be without any manners whatsoever. They are completely fearless and climb people (often 5 at a time) and steal the food from your hand! Not so cute any more huh!
If Alfred Hitchcock would have visited Fuerteventura (post-squirrel introduction), I’m sure his famous movie “the birds” would rather have been titled “the squirrels” instead. They are a plague!
Alright so you want to see the rest of the clawed animal found in the top of the page? Here you have it!