Last but not least, here is the pet frog of Prince Augusto. Come the night fall, he crawls out of his bed (a plant pot) to feast on the insects attracted by the light. But the way he eats, my God, he eats and eats those chunky crunchy bugs all through the night.

He does this all summer, and winters in the pot. Thus he has been a resident frog at La Pelada for many years and more to come.

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And the Lord of the river, Yacare.

On a sunny morning they were often spotted sunbathing on the bank. Sneaking up, we could often come within a few yards without waking them up.

They are about 2meters in length. Their main diet is fish and, unlike their African cousins, do not normally attack humans. That said, the sight of Yacare swimming away, swinging their scaly tails like a big snake, is sure to make you think twice about wading.
Talking of swimming, these cuddly Capybaras do swim well. Also called water hog, they are the biggest of the mouse families.

Once we had a near-miss with a Capybara, which dived into the water just as our boat was speeding by. Missing our boat so very close, he made a big splash right into our faces. It took a wind out of us, he sure was hell of a big mouse.
A sinfully cute baby marsh deer.

Sadly they have been hunted down and the remaining population is very small.

Being shy animal you normally do not see them during the day. This bambi was wandering alone, missed her mother as she was found by a Caucho, who now hand breeds her in the hope of turning her back into wild.
Even in such a big land, cows are surprisingly well kept and counted down to the last one. That is the feat of Gaucho, Argentinean cowboys. Throwing ropes from a horseback, they lead and chase the herds of thousand cows to rotate in the meadow's separated quarters every two weeks.

And how do they cross the rivers you ask? Well they simply jump in and swim!! Leading those cows alongside, and still equestrian, they cross the rivers paddling with hands.
One of the very few countries in the world that achieve nearly 100% subsistence. The size and the fertility of the land is amazing.

80% of the food exported is beef, which makes cow the unchallenged national animal of Argentina.

Even today the wealth of the landowners in countryside is measured by the number of cows in possession. Wholesale price of a grown-up cow is said to be around US$300.
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