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An agouti in the Tambopata Research Centre, Amazonian, Peru.  The agouti eats tough seeds and nuts.  Layers of twisted enamel coat her teeth to make them stronger, and her sharp front teeth act like chisels.  As virtually the only animal with teeth strong enough to open the thick husk, her actions ensure the survival of the Brazil nut tree.  The angouti will store and transport nuts through the forest floor.

An agouti in the Tambopata Research Centre, Amazonian, Peru. The agouti eats tough seeds and nuts. Layers of twisted enamel coat her teeth to make them stronger, and her sharp front teeth act like chisels. As virtually the only animal with teeth strong enough to open the thick husk, her actions ensure the survival of the Brazil nut tree. The angouti will store and transport nuts through the forest floor.

Photograph by Mark MacEwen

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