John is an Educator and Traveler who has interest to write about nature, travel and food. I enjoy reading, taking photographs and walking.
Big forest in Paris. During my visit constantly at Bois de Boulogne Paris, France. I felt in love with the parks, the lakes, the animals!
Anyway, at the center, I saw quite a few animals, and discovered Coypu, and are super cute! It was pretty much love at first sight and to be honest, happily filled me with a lot of joy. I have watched them every day and become a regular visitor to this beautiful park.
Description: Coypu/ Nutria/ Ragondin
Coypu, also known as Nutria, Ragondin in France, are native to South America and is the only member of the family Myocastoridae.
A Semi-Aquatic rodent with their orange teeth and a large head, small ears, small front legs have slightly unwebbed feet and vestigial tails, the general body colour is brownish.
Nutria is well adapted for movement on land, however, are more at home in the water.
These mammals become sexually mature as early as 4 months of age, can reproduce up to three times per year. Each litter yields up to thirteen babies. Though they typically only live between three and six years in the wild.
Behaviour of the Coypu
Nutria is almost entirely vegetarians and only spend most of their time searching for vegetation to eat. They begin searching for food at sunset, and activity will continue until sunrise.
Coypu generally when feel bothered by people or animals, they frequently choose simply to escape the scene rather than acting out in an aggressive manner.
When coypu dives, special flaps in its mouth and nose close, keeping the water from entering its stomach and lungs.
Nothing wrong with these creatures I have spent many happy hours watching them when I've been to the park. they are a harmless creature vegetarian curious but shy. But sadly you will always get someone that will want to say otherwise.
However, unfortunately, even though I recognize the damage that coypus have caused to the native wildlife and habitat areas, it’s still a bit disappointing to know that people are encouraged to kill a coypu if they see one.
Liz Westwood from UK on June 10, 2020:
I had not come across this breed of animal before.