This little guy has been seen swimming around the duck pond for several weeks now. Looks like a beaver, but it isn’t — he’s much smaller! It’s a muskrat. I’ve seen them a few times before, but never this close.
In Swedish, they have a cute name «bisam». They do live there too, up north, but not naturally — someone put them there.
I remember when I was a kid, my mum bought some type of hat, made of this animal’s pelt. Back then I was too little to reflect upon it, but today I wonder; are people still wearing fur coats?! I haven’t seen one for ages!
When we lived in Quebec, we had a pool. A muskrat fell into it and couldn’t get up. His claws destroyed the lining in the pool so it had to be replaced. That was before my time … I didn’t see it myself.
The ducks and the muskrat seemed to get along just fine. For quite a while he was swimming with a whole group of ducks!
Today is New Brunswick Day. It’s a holiday in almost all provinces in Canada … different name, depending on where you are.
In Sweden, this day would have been referred to as a «red day». All these type of days, Sundays included, are marked with red in the calendar; the Swedish Almanacka, like this:
You see how Friday the 6th of June is marked in red here. That happens to be Sweden’s national day, it’s a holiday and many [most] people won’t have to go to work.