It's been 40 days without water. Hot and parched when it is not dry and windy. It's just about six o'clock in the evening, sun almost gone in that dove soft twilight. Car - trusty subaru - runs so silent on the last leg to home. There, out of the corner of my eye I spot the sleek rust brown shape. He (or she?) is running along beside me, something held in the mouth.
Agoutis are rabbit sized and classified as a rodent. Vegetarian, they look for fruit, nuts, leaves and roots. In a residential community surrounded by bush, these shy creatures venture out at dusk. Haven't seen one in many months so it's a thrill to know that they are still there hiding and being careful of the dogs in the area. This one looked well-fed and shiny. Must start walking and hope to see others.