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Suckling - Udders on the back

Suckling - Udders on the back
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 4:27
Viewed: 3049
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En: coypu or nutria
Fr: Ragondin
Lat: Myocastor coypus
Nl: Beverrat

An interesting fact about coypus: the udders are on the back (as shown on this pic). This way the little ones can suckle as their mother swims.

On this pic,
- Mum is on the left
- Dad is on the right
- They are four little ones in the center. Two are suckling (left. One is almost completely hidden by the other one), two are lying (right).

They are very cute to look at, although they are know as a pest.
"Le perreux" is in the suburb of Paris. Coypus have become numerous there and some can be approached quite close.
I laid my camera on a fence to stabilize it.

The coypu is a large, crepuscular, semi aquatic rodent native to South America, but now also present in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. In most regions the coypu is considered a pest. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, however, it is still valued for its fur. The coypu, a herbivore, has been introduced from South America to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. The animal is adapted to subtropical to mild temperate climates.
Efforts (hunting, trapping, poisoning) to stop the development of Coypu's in France were vain. Interesting to note: in South America, its native place, he's not doing so well, as he has many predators there, including pumas, jaguars, anacondas and caimans.

2288x1712 pixels
Camera Olympus C770UZ
Focal length 40 mm
1/40 sec.
ISO 100
26/04/2007 7:12PM

Thanks for looking,

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Hi JeanMarie,
An excellent shot on this family of Nutria. I never knew about the location of the females udders. Very interesting. I have heard they are really becoming a pest. Excellent exposure has rendered nice colors and sharp detail in the fur. Looks good!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-28 1:29]

What a strange animal, Jean Marie.
I have never heard of it.
Great family picture and interesting information.
Merci pour le partage.

Sympathique scène de famille.
Bonne journée.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-30 0:05]

Jean-Marie, this is really great.

Excellent sharpness, composition and "poses".

I usually say every moment deserves a great picture - and you posted a great image.

Excellent shot with a perfect achievement. Well captured, thank you
Best wishes

Very interesting notes about the coypu, thanks for the tidbit about the udders. In looking at the animals in your photo it strikes me that they look like a cross between a guinea pig, capybara and a muskrat.

Very nice detail and clarity; a well exposed image. Good catch light in 'Mum's' eye.


What a great shot. I love the little ones. Nice POV and DOF

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