What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Vira lata' mean?

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Vira lata

Vira lata is made up of two words. Vira comes from the verb virar meaning to turn and lata means a tin or a can. Vira lata means to turn over or tip over a can or tin and refers to street dogs who get into the oil drums used as rubbish bins and tip them over to get at whatever is inside. If the Dominican Republic were to have a national animal it would have to be the vira lata. They are absolutely everywhere. It is estimated that in the capital, Santo Domingo, there are around 90,000 and even that could be a gross underestimate. These animals literally live on the street and look for food wherever they can find it. They will wander round in packs and hang around where there is most likely to be food, such as outside street cafes or butchers. They do not tend to attack at all but can be major carriers of rabies.

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"...Vira lataestupid. This Dominican cat. Eat salami.” He proceeded to give it a chunk of salami, which the kitten devoured. She was a terror and moved to the new house with us. Unfortunately she did not last long, as she spat at Can Can once too often and met a gruesome ..."

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