Friday pudublogging: Hudu, Mardu and mea culpa edition
If you scroll down a bit or just click here, you’ll learn the tale of the Hutia Conga (aka the Hudu), Cuban spymaster of the tiny almost-ungulate world.
The tricky little beastie is so unlikely — seemingly part bunny, part pudu, and part kangaroo — that several emailers actually
claimed I’d been deceived, and that the photo is a composite of
multiple creatures. Not so; the snapshot is a frame-grab from a Quicktime movie emailed by a reader using the code name "Richard." In the video, taken in the course of highly-secret activities, you must believe, the Hudu pictured and several
others hop about, masticate, and generally behave in expected bunnyroo
Adorable, in other words.
But the photo does not, in fact, depict what an authentic Hutia Conga
looks like, found on a Czech server. (I could show you myself, but I’d be endangering you by doing so. Oh, you can click if you wish, and learn the Hudu’s secret identity, but all the risks are your own, my friend. I wash my hands of it.)
Instead, what we see pictured below is a Mara, (aka the
Patagonian Cavy, aka the Mardu). Here’s another photo of a completely
different Mara, courtesty the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City:
So the original post was not, in fact, a Hutia Conga.
It was a Hutia Conga cleverly disguised as a Mara.
No wonder Cuban intelligence thinks they make great spies.
This post, incidentally, will self-destruct.
Not right away.
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