Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by Flutterby » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:35 pm

Lovely!! \O The coypu looks a bit like a cane rat.

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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by iNdlovu » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:00 am

Can't see the tale properly, but also like a beaver
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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by Flutterby » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:45 am

Yes iNdy, you're right..more like a beaver. \O

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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by Lisbeth » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:03 am

Wikipedia:
The coypu (from the Mapudungun, koypu),[2][3] (Myocastor coypus), also known as the river rat, [4] and nutria,[1][5] is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers.[6] Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.
There are two commonly-used names in the English language for Myocastor coypus. The name "nutria" (or local derivatives such as "nutria- or nutra- rat") is generally used in North America and Asia; however, in Spanish-speaking countries, the word "nutria" refers to the otter. To avoid this ambiguity, the name "coypu" (derived from the Mapudungun language) is used in Latin America and Europe.[7] In France, the coypu is known as a ragondin. In Dutch it is known as beverrat (beaver rat). In Italy, instead, the popular name is, as in North America and Asia, "nutria", but it is also called castorino ("little beaver"), by which its fur is known in Italy.
Coypus live in burrows alongside stretches of water. They feed on river plants, and waste close to 90% of the plant material while feeding on the stems.[8]

It does not have the same tail as the beaver.
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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by Dewi » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:45 am

Lovely photos of your pond and it's wildlife Nan. ^Q^
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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by nan » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:50 am

thanks Liz for the interesting article \O

right Castor (Beaver) has not the same tail at all
and yesterday when I told to a man I saw something like a Castor... he tell me... not possible ! it's a Beech marten (Fouine/Marte) 0- I know this type of animal, looks like Mongoose, MINE was fat and wet -O
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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by Wild Dreamer » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:30 pm

\O
Beautiful pics, Nan. What a lovely place where you live!

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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by nan » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:01 pm

thank you everybody, it's a pleasure to share with you all \O

"my" fauna (Central Europe fauna) :-? ... that nothing to do with yours in South Africa, the lack of large predators, mammals or birds... except for human ;-)
and I have to do with, in between 2 travels :D
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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by Lisbeth » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:27 pm

Hey Nan, they do not even have a swan down there....not to talk about ......hmmmz :-? ibex, roe deer, bear, wolf, marmots, red foxes, red squirrels, blackbirds...Methinks that's just about all that comes to my mind O/ -O -O
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Re: Outings around Lausanne, Switzerland

Post by nan » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:35 pm

\O but most of them we can't see... the hunters will be before us 0=
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