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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Eye to eye with a peccary

After following a wild collared peccary (pecari tajacu) for about an hour, the peccary spotted me after the wind changed directions. The peccary decided to come in for a closer look, as I stood still, kneeling on the ground. The peccary came within 5 feet of me before it realized I was right there; it barked and ran in the opposite direction in a huff.

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Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 08.2015
Photo Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Camera: NIKON D3100
Copyright: © Christian Irian