Ahí viene el tlacuache

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 09/05/2005 - 00:47
Ahí viene el Tlacuache cargando un tambache por todas las calles de la gran ciudad. El señor Tlacuache compra cachivaches, y para comprarlos suele pregonar: ¡Botellas que vendan! zapatos usados! ¡Sombreros estropeados, pantalones remendados! Cambio, vendo y compro por igual! I remember a blog entry, possibly by Andrew Pollock, telling about the stupid road crossing habits of the kangaroos. Well, for us non-Australians, that's probably one of the most extravagant and folkloric tales that can be ever told. About 1hr ago, I was finishing reading a chapter, when I saw Santa staring out the window to the garden. But then again... She was not just staring at the void - She was staring at the nose of a very large rodent! I immediately called Nadezhda down to plan the action, and in one of the most varonile actions I have ever taken, I decided to go and solve the problem at whatever cost. Armed with a metal broom stick, I went out to the garden to hunt the large rat. Of course, at 11PM and in a garden so full of places to hide as ours, I wasn't precisely optimistic. My dear and brave wife was helping me (her sight is dramatically better than mine) standing over a chair. And then, we saw it. I was ready to smash it, but it was running over the wall, so I was some 30cm short - A huge beast. Over 30cm, plus a 30cm tail - Would not be that bad weren't it for the fact that my cats love to be in the garden, and they are usually there from 8AM to 8PM. Nadezhda reacted to the terrible beast's look: - That's not a rat, no way, that's a Tlacuache! - Well, yes, you might be right... Anyway, I don't want it to be anywhere near my cats! - Agree... But don't kill it! It's not a rat! Maybe... - Hmmmm... Then what can we do? - We can open the back door and scare it out! Ok, so we opened the door, sprayed water all over, made noise... In the end, we didn't see the tlacuache again. It very probably still is in the garden - And I am afraid to let the cats out tomorrow - It is easily bigger than Marabunta! Now, what is a tlacuache, and why did I remember (probably) Andrew's posting? The tlacuache is Mexico's only marsupial - yes, somehow related to the kangaroos and all those Australian-only animals. It is also known as churcha, zarigüeya, cuica, catita, zorra mochilera, llaca, coyopollin, comadreja overa or mucura in different parts of Latin America. Here is a nice picture of them. There is another interesting link about the tlacuaches in Mexico Desconocido - It is strange to see a Mexico Desconocido article that starts just around the corner, in the Pedregal area. I love living so close to the University. Besides not having to drive to work, UNAM has one of the most beautiful campuses (campii?) I have ever seen - And it has an ecological reserve of its own, the matorral de palo loco area. That reserve, and the beautiful way in which the whole campus is still integrated in the forest, is the main reason I have very unique and beautiful fauna at home: Every day, we chase out squirrels. In Spring time, we very often have humming birds. And... Well, today I had my first encounter with a tlacuache. I am happy to learn that they are very good climbers, so probably it just climbed out the fence the same way it climbed in - But I cannot be too sure yet. Oh! And what's that verse I started with? Of course, El Ropavejero, by Cri Crí, the sweet voice that saw many generations of Mexican children grow up - of course, with many critics as well.
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Nadezhda's picture

RE: Ahí viene el tlacuache

Bueno, bueno, cuando reconocimos que era un tlacuache yo te apoyaba desde la ventana, dentro de nuestro cuartito... :P La imágen de mujer ridícula montada sobre la silla, te la podias haber reservado, pues fue más tarde y por sólo un ratito que me subí, además no tenía zapatos!! :P
Nadezhda's picture

RE: Ahí viene el tlacuache

Eso sí, los gatos y yo reconocemos tu heroica defenza. :*
vicm3's picture

RE: Ahí viene el tlacuache

Je... un tlacuache... bueno mi esposa se queja de una manera similar por las cucarachas y aqui le tienen un terror tremendo a los ratones, y a los ratones chiquitos, sin embargo en mi zona no son poco comunes las "ratas" de cuatro patas que llegan a medir lo que un gato mediano... jejejej en Veracruz, cuentan que los Tlacuaches no es bueno matarlos... ademas de las historias de los abuelos de que los brujos pueden tomar forma de tlacuaches y/o que son inmortales... je... saludos, por lo menos ya viste un bonito animal de esos... :d
vicm3's picture

RE: Ahí viene el tlacuache

Je... un tlacuache... bueno mi esposa se queja de una manera similar por las cucarachas y aqui le tienen un terror tremendo a los ratones, y a los ratones chiquitos, sin embargo en mi zona no son poco comunes las "ratas" de cuatro patas que llegan a medir lo que un gato mediano... jejejej en Veracruz, cuentan que los Tlacuaches no es bueno matarlos... ademas de las historias de los abuelos de que los brujos pueden tomar forma de tlacuaches y/o que son inmortales... je... saludos, por lo menos ya viste un bonito animal de esos... :d
maria's picture

RE: Ahí viene el tlacuache

buf, aunque no sea una rata es igualmente repulsivo, al menos en la foto que enlazas.- A me me repulsan las cucharachas, en especial las rubias que se dan donde hay mar es mas fuerte que yo; y las polillas, que son esas "maripositas" que solo salen de noche, de van hacia la luz, y se comen tu ropa si las dejas entrar en el armario, pues esas.-
lightme's picture

RE: Ahí viene el tlacuache

Jejejej un talcuahe, esos nimalitos son curiosos y bastanete amigables, no deberias de temer por tus gatos gunnar, mas bien si tuvieses gallinas seria otra historia...