Check out this odd beast. I think its a cow. Hides of ghostly grey that fade to white, others behind are dappled brown. This is nothing like the North American steer, they are almost identical to each other, a result of breeding for optimal return. The machinery of a modern slaughterhouse is ill equiped to deal with varied sizes and shapes like this.
Maggie calls these, "sad sack cattle" She shrieked with excitement when she saw them. Our taxi driver was obligated to stop to entertain her fascination. Of particular note are the enormous floppy ears and the loose hanging skin beneath their necks.
I ponder their saggy exterior. "They grow like the cactus" our driver explained. I think he is having a private joke with us, alluding to the way in which the cactus swells when it rains, balloning out its accordian skin, an ingenious naturally devised way of swelling without splitting.
Costa Ricans are invariably of good humour, it comes of living in such a beautiful place. Is he joking? I would think the loose skin might be a way to disapate heat. Maybe a reader might know better? Feel free to explain this odd looking creature.