Cuban Couple Keeps Rodents Called Hutias as Pets

1
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Congui, a domesticated huitia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet huitia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands. More than a half-dozen more of the furry animals have been born at their home after occasionally bringing in a male huitia in to mate with Congui. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

2
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Rafael Lopez sticks out his tongue infused with rum for his pet huitia Pancho, in Bainoa, Cuba. While some huitias can be aggressive, the 50-year-old Lopez and his wife have found the huitias to be pleasant companions. Lopez, calls the huitia “a precious, curious and very intelligent little animal”. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

3
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Pancho, a domesticated huitia, confronts a camera, in Bainoa, Cuba. With their rope-like, dark tails, long front teeth, and whiskers that appear to be vibrating, huitias look like giant rats. They measure nearly a foot long (about 30 centimeters), with the largest ones weighing in bigger than a small dog. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

4
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Rafael Lopez strokes his pet huitia Pancho, in Bainoa, Cuba. While some huitias can be aggressive, the 50-year-old musician and his wife have found the huitias to be pleasant companions. Lopez, calls the huitia a precious, curious and very intelligent little animal. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

5
In this November 17, 2014 photo, one of Ana Pedraza’s pet huitia, listens to her sing at their home in Bainoa, Cuba, Monday. Pedraza lives with her husband in a large home with a patio in this community about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the capital of Havana. They built a special cage for their pets after discovering that letting them loose only resulted in the destruction of telephone cables and furniture. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

6
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Ana Pedraza gives her pet huitia, Congui, a drink of coffee, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Pedraza and her husband Rafael Lopez, right center, adopted Congui, their first pet huitia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands. More than a half-dozen more of the furry animals have been born at their home after occasionally bringing in a male huitia in to mate with Congui. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

7
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Ana Pedraza gives her pet huitia, Congui, a drink of coffee, in Bainoa, Cuba. Conqui and her brood like to drink coffee and munch on crackers, greens and root vegetables. Her son Pancho every once in a while likes a little nip of rum. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories:

"No Animal Takes Pleasure In Suffering": Shocking Images Of The Powerful Awareness-Raising Campaign
Before LOLCat, There Were The Felines Featured In "Kittens And Cats: A First Reader"
Rescued Dog Loses 35 Pounds Of Hair After Getting Its First Haircut In 6 Years
Breathtaking Pictures Show 50-tonne Whale and Calves Swimming Underneath Vessel
Nature’s Quiet Assassin: Astonishing Pictures Capture Moment Jaguar has Caiman for Lunch
Adorable Photos Of A Young Austrian Boy Enjoys A Special Friendship With Shy Marmots
Cat Helps Lost Hikers Find Their Way In The Swiss Mountains
Shooting an Elephant
Female Lion Guards of India
Guy Without A Date Does Epic Photoshoot With His Pug Instead
Thecacera Pacifica: The Pikachu Of The Sea
Animal Architects Bowerbirds Design
Adorable 2019 Calendar Of Alpacas Living Luxuriously All Year Long
Wild Foxes and a Cat
"Do You Look Like Your Cat?" A Memory Game: Match The Cats with Their Humans!
The 10th Annual Petco Unleashed Surfing Dog Contest At Imperial Beach, California
Amazing Vintage Photographs Of Cat's Meat Sellers In London In The Early 20th Century
Unwanted Cat Becomes This Little Boy’s Guardian, Following Him Everywhere
South African Rhinos Relocated to Escape Poachers
Welcome Back, Rex - the World's Largest Crocodile
Olive Ridley Turtle-hatching Season
Rabbit Showjumping at an Animal Fair in Stuttgart
Abandoned Cat With Dreadlocks Gets A Makeover
Monty the Cat Without a Nasal Bone
Owners Let Their Norwegian Forest Cat Roam Freely Outside, And He Looks Majestic
Scotland's Fattest Hedgehog Refuses to Go Back to Nature
Corgi Gets Photoshopped Into Popular Movie Posters
80,000 Budgies Form A Tornado Over A Waterhole In Australian Outback
Bored Quarantined People Have Started Scanning Cats
Nothing To See Here, Just Some Photos Of Cats Wearing Metal Battle Vests