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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Eat your greens!


I couldn't believe what I was seeing one day as I walked around Island Lake. Something was moving swiftly across the water and it looked like a dandelion plant. I knew they were a hardy weed, but. . . .at closer inspection I saw a head attached to it with a small leathery tail bringing up the rear. This little muskrat had totally unearthed the plant, roots and all, and was transporting it across the lake to Chez Slimy Shore to dine. I felt really lucky to have witnessed this ambitious and clever fellow--a creature who truly works for its supper.


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24 comments:

lapa37 said...

That's so cool I thought it was a plant until I read what it was. Lucky for you you got that great shot

Tammy said...

What a great shot! I thought it was a beaver at first. Very nice!

Donna said...

Great shot!! Hahaha...

Reader Wil said...

It's a very interesting photo and when I enlarged it I could see the muskusrat clearly. Fantastic!

Misty Dawn said...

"Chez Slimy Shore" - bwahahahaha that made me burst out laughing! What a great post!

Dina said...

This takes the prize! What a picture, what a story! I just love your critter.

Kahshe Cottager said...

Aren't they the most interesting animals? That was a truly great shot!!

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Queen-Size funny bone said...

just proves that no task is to big or too small even for animals.

Me & my puppies said...

just having a salad!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

That's totally cool! I would be shocked to see that too! LOL
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CrazyCath said...

Wow! I had to look twice at the photo because I thought it was a swimming plant too! Well captured.

Mine's up too.

Teena in Toronto said...

Lotsa fibre!

I played too :)

fishing guy said...

Noni: How cool, I caught on earlier in the year. Fun post.

B. Roan said...

What a lucky day. Enlarging makes the little guy more easily seen.

babooshka said...

Not an animal I will see here. Lovely catch peeping out from underneath.

b13 said...

Very interesting shot. I was thinking Sea Otter at first and then read your copy.

Blue said...

It seems we've both have a surprise capture for 'critters' this week.
Your's certainly has a lot of greens - LOL!
No Muskrats here, but have seen them @ a lake in Italy.

Dragonstar said...

I've never seen a muskrat. That one's certainly working hard! You did well to catch this.

Daryl said...

What a great capture ..do you think maybe the Loch Ness 'monster' got started like this?

:-Daryl

Naturegirl said...

What a busy little one...God provides the food but does not bring it to him!

ratmammy said...

you were so lucky to get this photo!!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

I love watching muskrats -- great shot!

Gretchen said...

That is a great one! Being in the right spot at the right time is a huge part of the hobby. :)

i beati said...

goumvery neat post as is your butterfly on the side