What is that thing? It's a popular pet in Cuba
Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets.
But in Cuba, where a larger, more exotic rodent runs wild, Ana Pedraza and her husband prefer the hutia.
With a rope-like tail and long front teeth, the hutia looks like a giant rat. Only it's cuter, some would say. The animals live in Cuba and other Caribbean islands. They are sometimes hunted for food.
But Pedraza and her husband Rafael Lopez say they only want to protect and take care of the animal, which measure nearly a foot long, with the largest ones weighing in bigger than a small dog.
The couple began collecting hutias about five years ago. They picked up one that was languishing on a roadside. They named her Congui. They found her a mate and now have more than a half-dozen hutias in their home about 25 miles east of the capital, Havana.
Congui and her brood like to drink sweetened coffee and munch on crackers and vegetables.
Critical thinking challenge: Why arent hutias popular in the U.S.?