Walking Mexico City

February 12th, 2013 by
Categories: Mexico

A walk across Mexico City, the western world's biggest sprawl, from colonial suburbs to 21st-century century glass and steel downtown. The traffic's still crazy, but the mood is bright

There's a minor commotion up ahead. Getting closer I see that it's caused by a ring-tailed lemur on a lead. It sits on its haunches in the crook of a girl's arm, gently licking her skin. A handful of schoolkids gather around, touching its fur, cooing. Lemurs aren't native to Mexico City; but it's a place where you can not only buy Bengal tiger cubs, but white Bengal tiger cubs, if you prefer. Or sugar gliders, or meerkats, or leopards. White meerkats or leopards, if you prefer. I watch the lemur and there's something vaguely unsurprising about seeing it on the corner of a residential street. Vaguely Aztec, the more I think – not a million miles from wearing bird-of-paradise feathers in a headdress...

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