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Rocky the Climber by Mouselemur Rocky the Climber by Mouselemur
Photo taken in July, 2013 @ Allwetter Zoo Münster, Germany

A rather small rodent that I don't get to see often. This is one of the better - if not my best - photos of this animal.

Species: [Common] Degu or Brush-Tailed Rat (Degoe)
Latin name: Octodon Degus
Originates from South America, first discovered in Chili.
Current Status: Least Concern
Did you know:
…The Degu is family of the Chinchilla and Guinea Pig.
…The name Degu derives from the Mapudungun Dewü (South Chilean Language), which means “Mouse” or “Rat”.
…It’s cheek teeth are shaped like figures-of-eight, hence it’s Latin name “Octodon”.
…Degu’s can often be kept as pets, except in Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada) and New Zealand, where this is strictly forbidden.
…Degu’s are prone to diabetes, and are for this reason popular research objects.

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Okami-Icess Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I used to have both pet Degu's and Chinchilla's both were very well behaved and adorable!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I always heard especially chinchillas could become quite agressive, but they look so cute :)
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Okami-Icess Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Yeah but mine were nice well one was a jerk sometimes but the rest were fine. :3
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AluinRenard Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They're sold as pets here, but I can't afford to get some for myself. XD
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not a supporter of exotic pets myself (though I'm not sure whether a degu would qualify as "exotic" :hmm:), but I do love animals :) I know for example Raccoon Dogs can be legally kept as pets where I live.
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AluinRenard Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ooh!~
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CatoftheDay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great photo, thanks for sharing!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, and my pleasure :aww:
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CatoftheDay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
A degu!  I didn't even know zoos had those!  Thanks for this cool photo.
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Some do, but not too many, it seems :)

I'm very glad you like it :hug:

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Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice photo :3
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute little fellow. Very nice. :aww:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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