A pair of Brazilian Red-rumped Agoutis are on display in a newly renovated exhibit at the NEW Zoo. The impressive dome structure that houses the animals is located across the path from the giraffe feeding tower. Agoutis are South American rodents that look somewhat like large, long legged guinea pigs. The distinguishing feature of a red-rumped agouti is, not surprisingly, it’s reddish colored rump! Females are generally larger than males and can weigh up to 13 lbs. This species is famous for being the only mammal within its range capable of opening a Brazil nut husk (brazil nuts grow packed like orange segments inside of a hard woody shell – it looks a bit like a coconut). They bury nuts and
Well that escalated quickly! Just days ago the DIY stuffed-animal workshop/retailer, Build-A-Bear announced they were holding a Pay Your Age Day sale. The one-day-deal allowed any customer to pay their age for any (Yes, ANY!) plush animal in-store. This is one sale a great deal of people did not want to miss! Unfortunately many parents and children were turned away as lines were closed a little after store opened around the country as well as the UK! The overwhelming response to the sale drew mass amounts of people who flooded the stores to get in on the discounted stuffed toys and due to safety concerns local authorities required the retailer to close the lines.