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Friday, July 11, 2008

Rats

I went for a walk in the university's nature preserve last night, since it was the first day of nice weather we've had for quite a while, and I'm not feeling as tired as I have been for a couple of months.
It was a successful evening in wildlife sighting - a doe and fawn, a blue heron, a couple of large turtles (anonymous to me since they stayed 90% underwater), a snake, several frogs.
And a rat.
More specifically, a muskrat. The least camera-shy creature in the nature preserve, apparently. According to Wikipedia, approximately 4x the size of a normal rat, they often live in the same habitat with beavers (this is the case for the nature preserve), have duels to the death in the springtime, and in the Archdiocese of Detroit, can be considered fish and eaten on Ash Wednesday and Lenten Fridays.

3 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

>...can be considered fish and eaten on Ash Wednesday and Lenten Fridays

??!

yuck!


(or, rather, presumed yuck... i guess i just have a prejudice against eating things that end in "rat")

4:52 PM  
Blogger Bashirs Momma said...

Awwww... so cute... and tastes like chicken.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

"Yuck" was my first thought when I saw that tail.

6:39 AM  

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