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mbrager
10-29-2011, 11:27 PM
I think this is a Norway Brown rat, very rare in Alberta since there is a government policy to exterminate them and keep Alberta rat-free. I saw it on a sunken log in the river, apparently building a nest. It seems unlikely there is only one. A group of rats is referred to as a pack or a mischief. (see Wikipedia) I did report the sighting to City bylaw and the provincial agriculture people. Carrying my long 100-400 mm lens finally paid off.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6112/6292993737_c670fc4c48_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6240/6293037145_f9328ce7c7_z.jpg

Bambi
10-30-2011, 09:15 PM
holy crap- how big is that thing????!!

aubintbay
10-30-2011, 09:17 PM
Carrying your lens paid off for sure. These are two great pics! It looks like his tail is almost longer than his body.

mbrager
10-30-2011, 11:07 PM
Well, turns out it's actually too big to be a rat. It's a muskrat, which look similar to Norway rats but are larger and have partially webbed feet. They have similar breeding patterns, but muskrats live by the water, and aren't such a threat to grain and food supplies. I was sorry I jumped the gun there.

Marko
10-31-2011, 10:23 AM
Very cool images - Shot 1 for me please.

JAS_Photo
10-31-2011, 05:52 PM
Muskrat love. :) (http://youtu.be/xBYV_7a0FQs) Yeah, I am old. And don't freak out they are not related to the Norway rat but are part of the same family as Voles and Lemmings. Their fur was used for coats etc. Cool sighting though and nice photos!

Bambi
10-31-2011, 08:20 PM
Muskrat love. :) (http://youtu.be/xBYV_7a0FQs) Yeah, I am old. And don't freak out they are not related to the Norway rat but are part of the same family as Voles and Lemmings. Their fur was used for coats etc. Cool sighting though and nice photos!

lol I remember that song!!!

Hillbillygirl
11-04-2011, 11:30 AM
Very nice pics of the "Rat" Mbrager. Little late in the year for just starting a hut.