Which of these animals cache unripe fruits to consume ripened in future?
The 'hoarding or caching' in animal behavior is the storage of food in locations hidden from the sight of both conspecifics. The function of 'hoarding or caching' is to store food in times of surplus for times when food is less plentiful. In regions where winters are harsh, food availability typically becomes low, and 'caching' food during the times of high food availability in the warmer months provides a significant survival advantage. This phenomenon is referred in the Aesop's Fable in 373 of the Perry Index of 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'.
In the ripening caching behavior, the 'tayras' is an animal who collect and cache food which is immediately inedible but will become ''ripe'' after sometime. The 'tayras' (a Central American weasel) is an omnivorous animal with genus 'Eira' is derived from the indigenous name of the animal in Bolivia and Peru. The 'tayras' hide 'plantains' (cooking banana) and later come back to eat them after they have ripened. This is one prospective thinking of 'tayras' that it cache 'unripe' for future consumption. The 'tayras' might benifit by securing a food source and accurately choose mature stages. The 'tayras' cache both native (sapote) and non-native (plantain) fruits.