Animal control officers captured a rodent indigenous to Argentina in a west valley parking lot, a Clark County official said Thursday.
Officers located the Patagonian mara, a South American rodent, at about 3 p.m. in a parking lot near West Sahara Avenue and South Decatur Boulevard, county spokesman Dan Kulin said.
The Patagonian mara was taken to a county animal shelter, Kulin said. Officials do not know who owns the animal, he said.
Patagonian maras are classified as a near-threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Clark County does not classify the species as exotic in its county codes, Kulin said.
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The species naturally resides in Argentina, especially in open habitats. Patigonian maras, which resemble rabbits, typically mate for life. The mara’s lifespan, in captivity, is about 14 years.
Source: University of Michigan’s Zoology Museum website: http:animaldiversity.org.