National Geographic : 1915 Aug
FLASHLIGHT PICTURE OF PACA (Agouti paca virgata) One of the largest of the existing rodents, the closely, related capybara alone exceeding it in size. The paca' is an animal of nocturnal habits, ,atd therefore can be photographed only by means of flashlight apparatus set at night. 'oate in the animal's mouth the mango, which was used as bait. This is one of the game animals of the natives, who call it conejo pintado, or spotted "rabbit." Its eyes glow at night (see page 179). ticed and they proved a great annoyance when bathing, as they had the habit of nipping a swimmer severely and could"' only be kept away by a vigorous commo tion in the water. In its transient con dition this lake should prove of scientific interest to the fish culturist, and presents a possibility of introducing many vare ties of fish that would soon become of value commercially or to the visiting sportsmen. It may be of interest to note that the southern range of the migratory wild' fowl does not extend to. Panaha, .for aside from two varieties of ducks-the blue-wing teal and the lesser scaip--no geese, brant, swans, or any of the other numerous varieties of ducks were seen by us or noted by.careful resident ob servers, indicating that the Federal Mi gratory Bird Law, which has so effect ively prohibited spring shooting in the States during the nesting flight, need only be supplemented by a treaty with SCanada and Mexico in order to cover the extreme range of these valuable and rap idly vaniishing birds. A pending treaty, protecting fish in international waters, involves the same Federal supervision. : iTWO W AIFS OF GATUN LAKE i r centuries- the valleys now occu pieed;,by Gatun Lake had been the home or feeding places of many wild animals, especially the tapir and (leer. In the fall of 19.11 the, rising waters began driving the several species of deer from the bot tom lands, where the thickets and more tender, vegetation had afforded the best of shelter and of food. Some sought ridges and other near-by elevations, un aware that in a few months these refuges would become isolated as islands or wholly submerged by the rising lake.