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Your Next Rodent – Don’t Kill It, Eat It

Fancy coming face to face with a large rat or mad beaver? We may not like these animals in the Western world but there are plenty who do.

In Venezuela, eating rodents is something of a delicacy. It is said that such a practice is the equivalent of a turkey on Thanksgiving, something that would seem odd to many people.

If you are plotting a visit to Venezuela, keep in mind that rodents are prized as a holiday treat. They are hunted, and some types of rodents can grow to the size of a Labrador. The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, is the main target in the country. Surprisingly, the rodent’s meat can catch double the price of beef- something many would scoff at.

There is an annual hunt for the animal, right before Easter. Many of the consumers of the rodent claim it is more like fish than meat- it has a slightly off, salty taste. It is so well loved that hunting it had to be limited, because of over-hunting. Despite unusual eating habits of the rodent, including eating its own feces, Venezuela residents can’t get enough of the animal.

To catch them, they are often hit with clubs or harpooned. This makes many visitors to the country resist eating the rodent, if not for the other long list of reasons. If you can get past the first wave of dread, you might like it. Many people in the United States claim, “Tastes just like rabbit, or chicken”.

If you are visiting Venezuela anytime soon, be sure to check this delicacy out.

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