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Irara ou papa-mel (Tayra)

Eira barbara barbara


Today, I was resting in a deactivated train station, in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, when I saw something moving nearby. I had time just for a couple photos before it went into the woods again. The brazilian common name (papa-mel) reflects this animal's passion for honey.

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31 Comments (1–25)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

What a great spotting ! thanks Sergio.

celestialprincess101 10 years ago

Nice! We have them in Trinidad too :) They are so cute! We call them 'wild night dogs' here hahahaha

LisaPowers 10 years ago

Congrats Sergio! This spotting is being featured as PN Fun Fact:

Anne Marie McCaffrey
Anne Marie McCaffrey 10 years ago

Great spotting! I have occasionally caught a glimpse of one of these here in Costa Rica - I have never managed to get a photo though...

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 10 years ago

In Costa Rica, we call those Tolomucos. So beautiful!

StephenSolomons 10 years ago


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EmilyUmbarger 10 years ago

Wow, neat! I've never seen one of these before!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

No problem, Joshua. I learned something, which is always good. And welcome. :-)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

And thank you!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Lol. Sorry about that. I'm glad some people cleared it up for you.

KarenSaxton 11 years ago

Or when bad was good...

KarenL 11 years ago

Awesome capture Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Thanks for clearing it, Karen. It is hard to keep up with young's lingo... I remember when "cool" was "hot"... :-)

KarenSaxton 11 years ago

Sergio, "sick" is kidspeak for cool or awesome or... I have a 24 year old son. And yes, by his standards, it is "sick." By mine - amazing!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Yes, Alice. It is a very agile climber, skills that it uses to get one of its favorite foods, papaya. It is omnivorous, and also eats frogs, birds, small lizards and insects, when it finds them.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

New animal to me! Must be good at climbing trees?

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

JoelWiesner, Gordon, Cindy, vipin.baliga, Stian, Adarsha and Mark, thank you. Joshua, I didn't understand your comment, why is it sick? Iraras are not felines like Jaguarundi. They are the only terrestrial mustelids in South America. They ARE related to weasels, don't just look like them.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Fantastic. New one to me too. You got the double barbara.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

Marvelous spotting :)

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 11 years ago

Great spotting Sergio!

vipin.baliga 11 years ago

An unknown mammal to me. Such a fascinating creature. :-)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Alright that is so sick! Is that a jaguarundi? their small-medium wild cats that look like weasels.

Well said, Gordon! Sergio, awesome spotting :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Luck is often a matter of being prepared when the unexpected happens. Great shot!

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Paraná, Brazil

Spotted on Jul 10, 2013
Submitted on Jul 11, 2013

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