What is that thing? It's a popular pet in Cuba
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Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets.
In Cuba, a larger, more exotic rodent runs wild. The rodent is called the hutia. Ana Pedraza and her husband love them.
The hutia looks like a giant rat, only cuter, some would say. The animal has a rope-like tail. And long front teeth. It measures nearly a foot long. Hutias live in Cuba and other Caribbean islands. They are sometimes hunted for food.
Pedraza and her husband Rafael Lopez say they only want to protect and take care of the animal.The largest can weigh more than a small dog.
The couple began collecting hutias about five years ago. They found one on a roadside. They named her Congui. Then they got a mate for Conqui. Now they have more than a half-dozen hutias. The rodents live in the couple's home. It's about 25 miles from the capital, Havana.
Congui and her brood like to drink sweetened coffee and munch on crackers and vegetables.