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Posted By: causey, 10-31-2012, 07:26 PM

also known as the river rat, and coypu...
I found these animals--many of them--living 'in the wild' along a river nor far from... the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (It was two years ago, in June.) They look like huge rats; I know in some places in Romania they are (were?) farmed for their precious fur. They seemed to be very intelligent.

















and a couple of lichens--I thought they looked interesting:




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10-31-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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The Nutria are cute, I quite like the image with the one swimming.


The Lichen is also nice, the second pic has a relly nice balance of tone, shape, and texture.
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Nice images, brings back memories, my dad used to farm them. The ones you find in Europe are descendants of escapees from such farms. They are native to South America.
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QuoteOriginally posted by First Poster Quote
They look like huge rats
Not surprising, given that they are in fact huge rodents! We also have them in the southeastern USA, for the same reason you have them in Europe -- once farmed for fur; now feral. Apparently they can do a lot of damage to marsh and swampland.

Also, nice shots of the lichens -- very interesting patterns and colors.

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thanks for sharing new fauna !! always fun to see something different... dave m
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QuoteOriginally posted by hks_kansei Quote
The Nutria are cute, I quite like the image with the one swimming.
The Lichen is also nice, the second pic has a relly nice balance of tone, shape, and texture.
Thank you. It's cute you find them cute They aren't frightening or anything, but I wouldn't call them cute. It was interesting to observe their social interactions, though.

QuoteOriginally posted by Heinrich Lohmann Quote
Nice images, brings back memories, my dad used to farm them. The ones you find in Europe are descendants of escapees from such farms. They are native to South America.
Thank you, Heinrich. That's what Wikipedia (to which I provided a link) says as well. I'm happy the set brought you back nice memories.

QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
Not surprising, given that they are in fact huge rodents! We also have them in the southeastern USA, for the same reason you have them in Europe -- once farmed for fur; now feral. Apparently they can do a lot of damage to marsh and swampland.

Also, nice shots of the lichens -- very interesting patterns and colors.
Thank you for your comment. Beavers are large rodents, but they look quite a bit different--cuter

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thanks for sharing new fauna !! always fun to see something different... dave m
Thank you Dave. It was certainly fun to come across them after visiting the European Parliament.
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A nice informative series Stefan.--charliezap
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I remember having a coat with a collar made of nutria once many eons ago. They are cute but said to be very destructive to the environment.

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