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.
I'm not a supporter of exotic pets myself (though I'm not sure whether a degu would qualify as "exotic" ), but I do love animals I know for example Raccoon Dogs can be legally kept as pets where I live.