They rescue cacomixtle in Tlalpan automotive branch

Personnel from the Animal Protection Subdirectorate in coordination with the Civil Protection Directorate of the Tlalpan Mayor’s Office, which heads Alpha Gonzalez Magellanrescued a cacomixtle that had been sheltered in the engine of a show car from an automotive agency located in the Tepepan area of ​​this demarcation.

The cacomixtle caused the area to be cordoned off and the partial closure of the branch was requested, to speed up the rescue work, while personnel from the Animal Surveillance Brigade accessed the place with a cage to secure the animal, protect it and return it to its home. natural habitat.

The Cacomixtle (Bassariscus astutus) is a small mammal that lives in the forests of central and southern Mexico, in Tlalpan it can be found (although only at night) in the wooded areas that range from the town of Parres, Ajusco, San Andrés Totoltepec, San Pedro Mártir and a large number of colonies from Tlalpan to the Coapa area (as well as in neighboring delegations such as Xochimilco and Contreras) although they sleep, hunt and live among the trees, it is common to see and hear them in colonies and sub-regions. towns near forests.

The species has fur with colors ranging from yellowish gray to dark brown, with a white belly and chest and a conspicuous black tail with white rings that is longer than its body.

In the last ten years in the Pedregal Ecological Reserve (REPSA) five species of medium-sized mammals have been reported: the spotted skunk, the rabbit, the gray fox, the opossum and the Cacomixtle, the latter in Nahuatl meaning “half-feline”. It inhabits the nights of the Pedregal and its ecological reserve in Ciudad Universitaria, although it is also seen, especially in spring.

According to the Laboratory of Ecology and Conservation of Terrestrial Vertebrates of the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, it is not known exactly why the population of Cacomixtles is growing in Mexico City, but there are hypotheses about it. For example, it may be that they began to adapt to both the new housing possibilities and the available food.

Is omnivore; It eats above all plants, fruits, insects, very small birds, rodents or lizards that it hunts with special skill: to climb trees it can turn its ankles 180 degrees. Only until it is mature does it get together with others and it is to mate, it does so in spring, so its sighting period is at that time and even then it is not so easy to find one, because they are stealthy.

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