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Sunday, February 11, 2007

The further adventures of Mr. Coypu...  

...during which Mr. Coypu turns out to be not a coypu, but a true Mr.

(Unfortunately this fact was not enough for an Oregon meth-head/"hunter" from going all Dick Cheney on the guy and shooting him in the face.)

According to this report from The News Review, the incident occurred last week at the Smith River in Reedsport, Oregon. The shooter claims he mistook the man, who was snorkeling around the river checking out the fish, for a nutria (Myocastor coypus), never mind that he was not supposed to be carrying a gun...or the meth...or the pot. Luckily, said snorkeler is going to recover.

More details are available in the AP version of the story. Nutria (coypus) are South American rodents that have been living in Oregon since the 1930s following a failed attempt at establishing a market for their fur.

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