January 01, 2017

A polar plunge

We spotted this muskrat taking a swim on Dec 28. So far it has been a mild winter and they have good insulation, but still....

Ondatra zibethicus
A muskrat s basically a large field mouse that has adapted to life in and around water
They have specially evolved teeth that protrude ahead of the cheeks and lips that can be closed behind them, permitting it to chew on stems and roots under water "with its mouth closed"

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