The Tha Khek Loop is best known for caves and amazing scenery, however our favorite part of the loop experience was visiting the local markets in Lak Sao and near Gnommalath. We like exploring the markets as it gives us some insight into what the locals eat though often we focus on finding bushmeat. For Tee its a way to share his jungle upbringing with me as he tells me what animals are eaten in his village and how delicious bbq’d porcupine is. For me it’s the best way to see what wildlife lives in the forests that surround the farming villages. About 2 years ago Laotian wildlife biologists visiting local markets in the same area as the Tha Khek Loop discovered a new species of giant flying squirrel.
|A type of Leafbird.|
|Neither of us had seen one of these before.|
|A HUGE flying squirrel.|
|Well the other giant flying squirrel is Laos has spots on its back and this one doesn’t so possibly it is the newly described Laotian giant flying squirrel.|
|Likely a Vernal Hanging Parrot or a baby parakeet.|
|Birds by the bundle.|
|Naked baby parakeet?|
|For my fisheries friends.|
|Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine|
|One of close to a dozen Barbet species found in Laos.|
|A type of Ferret Badger|
|Badger paw and claws.|
|Asian Fairy Bluebird.|
|One of these is not like the others.|
|This woman bought the badger as well as two of these small carnivores.|
A few live animals were for sale as well, mostly fluffy bamboo rats.
|Blyth’s Kingfisher. I can’t imagine a kingfisher making a good pet.|
Lastly, a unique way to display a butchered chicken.
|These large yolks must be a selling point because several vendors had chicken displayed in this fashion.|