Known as “Aguara Guazu” (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is a native animal of northern Argentina and Paraguay, that is seriously threatened.
Also known as maned wolf, wolf of the estuaries or red wolf . The occupation of habitat and hunting have reduced to isolated areas and in some regions are already extinct.
It is now considered extinct in Uruguay. The maned wolf has a striking reddish color and lanky. His body, similar to a greyhound, is adapted to run at top speed. They are solitary animals, wary man, and nocturnal habits.
They feed on small rodents, especially rabbits, hares, reptiles and birds. Unlike their relatives the wolves, the aguará guazú does not form packs at any time of year.
Their existence is related to a famous mythical beast in the region called “Lobizon” similar to the northern hemisphere werewolf.
There is a belief in the region this animal is actually a man that in the full moon turns into a wolf, so many people believing in this legend, often attack him to death.
The destruction of their environment for rice crops, sugarcane, and other human activities favor to their isolation or disappearance. Also the sport hunting, and by false beliefs.
Extinct in some parts of northwestern Chaco (north of the department of Alto Paraguay), by large expanses of grazing for livestock. The foremen of the stays persecute them to death.
Hit and badly injured
Resident of Pozo Colorado in recent days found a specimen of Aguara Guazu (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the same was wounded and in very poor condition, they contacted the conservationist organizations who are actively involved in the rescue of all animals in a state of danger and provides specialized clinical care in addition to rehabilitation services.
The animal, which would have been hit, had serious injuries, and he was transferred to the Botanical Garden of the town for better care and healing.
Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA 24