Adilei, REGUA’s resident Bird Guide, was walking the wetlands on his usual patrol when he spotted an unusual Caiman.
Peering through his binoculars, he saw that either one of REGUA’s adult Broad-snouted Caiman (Caiman latirostris) had developed far too many bristles or had wrestled with an Orange-spined Hairy Dwarf Porcupine (Sphiggurus villosus).
The Caiman’s head and neck was completely covered in quills, resembling a dragon.
Adilei could not understand the motive that induced the Caiman to eat such an unappetizing animal and now wonders what will happen to the Caiman!
Although it was not easy to get a clear view of the event with the camera, Adilei got this photograph, which shows the quills quite clearly.
We are keeping a close eye out for any more sightings!