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Lesser Grisons

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Lesser Grisons

The lesser grison is a member of the ferret family and is indigenous to Central and South America—its range extends as far south as the northernmost of Chile's fjords, near Chiloé Island. From a distance, their black-and-white fur makes them look like skunks, but lesser grisons are considerably larger and stronger—and fierce if threatened. Despite that, these active mammals, which can grow to three kilograms (6.5 pounds), are occasionally tamed and raised as pets. In the wild they make their homes near rivers and streams. Several different pre-Columbian cultures considered the animals of spiritual signifance and grisons have been found in ancient tombs in Bolivia and Argentina.