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Royal Rat

Royal Rat
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Copyright: Geoffrey Summers (summers) (705)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-06-20
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-07-11 21:41
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Points: 6
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Several of these at Versailles, all seemingly unafraid as long as you tread lightly. One was grazing on grass. In the water they were eating weed. They are quite big. I suppose they are a pest, but perhaps they were once, or still are, bred there for their fur? Any info most welcome.

A couple of young Americans who also photographed them thought that they were Sea Otters; oh Americans in Paris!

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Hi Geoffrey,
you were lucky with this shot, you caught the animal with the characteristic orange teeth! While swimming, the shoulder part of the body remains under water. And you were right with your pun, it's an American in Paris, the Nutria or Coypu (Myocastor coypus) has its origin in Southern South America. And you are right too, it was bred in Europe for its fur. Escaped animals established colonies in the wild but severe winters take their toll (I owe you, Wikipedia).
Thanks for the interesting contribution. Best regards, Dietrich

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-07-12 9:21]

Hi Geoffrey,a very common specie in my village in the small canals coming from the Ticino river,very good capture in the water,i can see very well the orange teeth,well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-07-12 18:33]

Hello Geoffrey,
Great shot of this fine looking Nutria, it resembles the muskrats which we have here in Ohio. Sharply focused and displaying beautiful color tones.

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