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My Fuzzy New Friends
We live two blocks from the Vltava River here in Prague, and the stretch of the river near our flat is known for its graceful swans and super-cute mallard duck couples. But along the river a bit to the south is the Prague Yacht Club—a joke, to be sure, because the boats are a collection of small sailboats and ramshackle row boats. Swimming among the boats and sunning themselves on the shore, are fuzzy, buck-toothed, long-whiskered nutria. Also known as coypu, these guys are mostly herbivorous, semiaquatic rodents. They sort of look like beavers without the flat tails or groundhogs that like to swim. To be honest, nutria are considered a pest in most places, but…
I think they are so cute.
Sometimes, David and I stop at the grocery store for cabbage, carrots, and apples to feed the nutria. I guess it’s kind of my thing to want to feed all the creatures around me.
A few days ago, I walked further south, past the Yacht Club, to a walking path that’s directly at the water’s edge. And there, I saw a blonde nutria. Most of them are the color of dark chocolate, and there’s one large, all-black nutria that I’ve nicknamed Black Bart. Here’s Butterscotch:
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I LOVE nutria! I think theyre stinkin adorable. I’d feed them too if I had them so close to our house!
In the latest newsletter, you asked what country would you like to explore, story- and food-wise?
Spain or Brazil
Thanks for your input!
So cute! I would be feeding them too :).
Be somewhat cautious in feeding the nutria— they are generally unable to process cruciferous vegetables properly and the gas buildup in their gut can kill them. I love those little buggers too and used to work with them for many years as a zookeeper 🙂
That’s great information to have… thank you! I did notice that they didn’t eat the brussels sprouts I tried to feed them, so perhaps their noses told them? They really love lettuce and apples, so I usually take them those two things now. Is that OK?