10 March 2015

This is not Wind in the Willows


Most of the characters in Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows enchant me, and the two main characters, Ratty and Mole, are no exception. However, while I find rats fascinating and think they deserve similar respect to more popular fluffy animals, I don't deny the harm they cause.

I photographed this Black rat (Rattus rattus) a couple of nights ago along the No. 1 Line track. You can read more on the new Pohanginapete post.

That eyeshine — from the headlamp, I think, rather than the flash — gives me the impression the rat's peering over its reading glasses ;-)



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7 comments:

Lisa Emerson said...

Oh will you look at that! I love the droll expression on this little creature's face!

Lisa Emerson said...

Though, of course, I know not to be enchanted by a rat - just a photograph of a rat!

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Look at that outstretched hand - and that Tail - yikes!

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, Lisa :-)

Barbara, I like the way you call it a hand rather than a paw ;-) That tail is certainly something, too.

Relatively Retiring said...

I believe Rat in Wind in the Willows was actually a water-vole. Hope that makes you feel better?

pohanginapete said...

RR, it might if I knew they wouldn't eat weta ;-) But then what would they eat? Something else they shouldn't, i suppose. I admit water voles are cute, but I'm glad they weren't introduced here, too.

Relatively Retiring said...

They are cute little herbivores who might have a go at invertebrates if very hungry. Trouble is, the weta might eat them.