Hali & I pulled into our Eugene motel parking lot in the late afternoon to observe two very odd creatures nibbling on the grass.
The larger one scurried away upon my approach, but the smaller one continued munching unconcernedly. I upped the ISO on my Canon G9 to the max and took a few snaps. (Yes, awful noise.) Another motel guest opined that maybe they were muskrats.
But no. They were nutrias (confirmed by the motel staff) . . . my first sighting!
Photo: Nutria—Oregon, 2009