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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Trust us, Japan, they're not that cute!

A fisherman casting lines in the Shingashigawa River in Japan got a surprise when, instead of the carp he was looking for, he reeled in a nutria (Myocastor coypus), a large South American rodent. According to this article from The Asahi Shimbun, the nutria, affectionately named "Coypu-kun," was rather tame and ate from the fisherman's hand. Nutria are sometimes seen in rivers and swamps in Japan, having escaped or been released from failed fur farms.


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