The viscacha, often known as the chinchilla, is a South American species that is closely related to the chinchilla. Viscacha is divided into two genera. Lagidium and Lagostomus are the two names for these plants. A vicacha looks like a short-tailed chinchilla combined with a hare, yet it isn’t related to rabbits at all. It has large front teeth, long whiskers, long rounded ears, a long curling tail, thick hair, and a sturdy physique.
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru are all home to this rodent. They eat largely wild grasses and mosses because they are herbivores. Because it resembles a fluffy bunny and moves about by hopping, it is also known as a long-tailed rabbit. They live in the highlands, therefore one of their favorite pastimes is lying on rocks all day.
Despite their cute and lovely appearances, the viscacha’s life is not as easy as it appears. Humans hunt them for fur and meat, so they must be cautious at all times. Even though they are not endangered, we must nonetheless safeguard them and their surroundings.
Watch a viscacha in action in the video below: