"ALBERTA RODENTIA - SMALL, BIGGER, BIGGEST" - Various

July 20, 2021  •  2 Comments

"ALBERTA RODENTIA - SMALL, BIGGER, BIGGEST"

Meadow Vole (?), Porcupine, Beaver - 3 Photos

 

Over a period of a few days, managed to capture some members of Alberta's rodent family, from one of the smallest to the biggest. 

 

SMALL - MEADOW VOLE (?)

I heard a splash and thought the mink had arrived. Instead, this little creature climbed up on a rock to dry off. It appeared to have missed the jump and landed in the water. Apparently, they live only a year but this little fellow is living on borrowed time. It's living in the bank that the mink uses to traverse the creek and the weasel frequently uses that set of rocks to navigate the creek, jumping from rock to rock!

BIGGER - PORCUPINE

This is little Hap P, offspring of Chewie P. Found her (I think with the size & shape of the face, it could be female), close in to the beaver area, late one evening. Apparently, female porcupines maintain a territory and defend it against other females so perhaps, Chewie is now pushing out her little girl to the far end of her territory. 

BIGGEST - BEAVER

This is the mother beaver of the beaver family (consisting of four members). On the light side, she looks like she is almost smiling. On the dark side, she reminds me of "Jabba the Hutt" from Star Wars :)

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Urszula(non-registered)
Love these photos!
Beautiful capture and interesting series comparing sizes.
I wish I didn't see the vole in detail, now I'll feel sorry seeing him in the jaws of a weasel :(
The vole looks like mini muskrat...
John Harper(non-registered)
Wow! Incredible photos, That vole surprised me. Well done!
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