Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
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Kara - we live in a valley that would be swampy if not for a drainage slough that serpentines through. We have herons, ducks, raccoons, etc. - and these nutria that usually will just get up on the bank alongside the slough and sit like little rabbits and eat grass..... but once in awhile, they venture into the yard. We had one come in a couple of weeks ago onto our patio - and, yes, it creeped me out because he meandered over and was under some of my plants nibbling on them. When I am out weeding, I just reach under them WITHOUT LOOKING and I could have grabbed him!! We were a bit concerned about this one, as they usually amble away when confronted by a human, but he acted as if he did not even hear us. I yelled, threw a bucket toward him, waved my arms - absolutely NO response. My husband swept him into a bucket and dumped him into the slough. We also have had beavers - took out three of my apple trees - that was a shocker. Lots of hawks flying overhead as well. We NEVER let Augie out alone. He is always on leash except in his little play area where he can run off leash and we are with him.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom