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Kamloops woman spots muskrat hanging out in her driveway

Ashley O'Reilly snapped this picture of the muskrat in her garage.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Ashley O'Reilly
January 07, 2020 - 11:22 AM

A Kamloops woman found a fat, fuzzy freeloader parked where her car should be.

Ashley O'Reilly‎ spotted the creature in her driveway and took to a local Kamloops neighbourhood Facebook group yesterday, Jan. 7, to ask for opinions on what it was.

Over 120 people commented about the creature and the guesses ranged from a massive packrat, muskrat or a flying beaver.

"I would never have the heart to kill it, but I would very much like it to go away," said O'Reilly in the comments.

According to Sierra Club B.C., muskrats have scaly, thin tails and measure in at about 50 centimetres from head to tail.

Some commentators on the post noted it is larger than the ones they’ve spotted in the area, which live by the river bank.

Sierra Club B.C. notes that muskrats often live near bodies of water, and use vegetation to create their habitat, where they spend the winter hiding from predators and the cold conditions.

Muskrats are aquatic rodents found in North America, Europe and Asia, according to Nature.ca, and notes muskrats can be quite vicious and have been known to attack humans without apparent provocation.

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