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Rocky the Climber
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Published: August 17, 2013
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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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Image size
3543x2657px 1.29 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon IXUS 105
Shutter Speed
1/20 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jul 23, 2013, 1:17:39 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Windows
Sensor Size
5mm
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I used to have both pet Degu's and Chinchilla's both were very well behaved and adorable!
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I always heard especially chinchillas could become quite agressive, but they look so cute :)
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Yeah but mine were nice well one was a jerk sometimes but the rest were fine. :3
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AluinRenardStudent Traditional Artist
They're sold as pets here, but I can't afford to get some for myself. XD
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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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AluinRenardStudent Traditional Artist
Ooh!~
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CatoftheDayProfessional General Artist
Great photo, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks, and my pleasure :aww:
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CatoftheDayProfessional General Artist
You're welcome!
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A degu!  I didn't even know zoos had those!  Thanks for this cool photo.
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Some do, but not too many, it seems :)

I'm very glad you like it :hug:

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Rozzi-dkStudent General Artist
Nice photo :3
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Thank you :aww:
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Cute little fellow. Very nice. :aww:
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Thank you :aww:
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You're welcome. :)
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