Photo: Munching muskrat

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muskrat eating

credit: Donald Quintana

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The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) is a large rodent that’s native to the wetlands of North America, although the species has been introduced to parts of Europe and Asia.

Donald Quintana took this photograph of a muskrat eating a reed at Swanberg's Dredge pond in Nome, Alaska. “This Muskrat was competing with the red-necked Grebes for this little floating islet,” he writes. “It seemed that the grebes wanted to build a nest on it while the Muskrat wanted to use it for his dining area.”

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