Caterpillars are an eating machine. It is amazing how such alien-like creatures transform into beautiful butterflies.
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Arenal Volcano had been Costa Rica’s most active volcano over the past 40 years. In October 2010, Arenal went into a resting phase, without any smoke, ash, rocks and lava pouring out of its top and down its side. However there is still seismic activity occurring deep in the earth’s core below the volcano. Up until 2010, eruptions occurred frequently but not severe with daily emissions of smoke and lava. The last major eruption was in 1968.
Arenal Volcano, with its symmetrical cone shape, looms large and ominous over the surrounding green pasture and forest covered hillsides. Because of the geothermal activity beneath the volcano, the area surrounding the volcano is now spotted with a number of natural hot springs for visitors to enjoy.
The peak of the volcano is often blanketed by clouds. In all the visits to this picture perfect volcano dominating the horizon, I have yet to see that peak.
The Tamandua or Collared Anteater is one of three anteaters in Costa Rica. I seen this particular Tamandua at the Jaguar Rescue Center close to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in the Limón Province of Costa Rica. The volunteer at the rescue center told me that this fellow had been severely electrocuted resulting in permanent brain damage. He does not climb trees anymore which is unusual for this anteater species and only forages for termites and ants on the ground. He will remain at the Jaguar Rescue Center as he is unable to climb trees and defend himself from predators.