aquatic rodent

Happy Canada Day! 

This one’s for all of our Canadian followers, celebrating Canada Day by examining the national animal, the Bibarel! 

Well, the national animal is a beaver, but Bibarel is also a large dam-building semi-aquatic rodent. But yeah, beavers are totally unique in the way the build and manipulate their environments, second only to humans. 

Beavers build homes in water, called lodges, out of wood. Their homes dam up water and can be absolutely gigantic. The largest ever recorded (850 meters) could be seen from space. They have a very particular method of construction, using their teeth (which never stop growing) to knock down and cut up trees to use in their lodges. Larger trees form the base of the dam near the bottom, and smaller trees fill in the rest, as well as provide the most food. They build all year round, not even stopping during the winter. The entrance to their home is underwater, and a dam usually consists of two dens: one for drying off, and one for living and socializing with their family. 

Bibarel are very good swimmers, reaching speeds of about 5 miles an hour with their webbed feet and using their unique tails to steer. They can hold their breath for over 15 minutes and have a special pair of transparent eyelids, which act like goggles to help them see underwater.

Bibarel are industrious workers which build underwater nests out of trees they chop down with their teeth. 

If there’s any upcoming holidays you’d like us to celebrate, let us know!

Till and Flake on hard times.

With Apologies to the vegetarians, vegans and sensitive of stomach amongst us. 

Also if anyone’s wondering Nutria or coypu is a large semi-aquatic rodent.

Till :Ordinary broiler chickens - I stole them from a  poultry farm. They were not afraid of people, their instinct for self-preservation disappeared a hundred million years ago, they could be picked up like stones. Which is what we did. And I also managed to steal mink and nutria from a fur farm quite easily. They had such little bones. Mmm, delicious! If fried, gnawing on them was a real pleasure!

Interviewer.:Fried Nutria?

Till: We simply didn’t have any money. Once I hit a roe deer in the car. But since no one had a refrigerator, we pinned half of the carcass on the door, and the other was thrown to the floor and gradually cut off pieces off it and into the frying pan.

Flake : Do you remember how we stole ducks in the village? We knew that they were fed corn flour, so the gizzards were cooked with corn, it worked very well.

Till. It’s true, yes! When Rammstein began, we lived, as in prehistoric times. Next to our house was a railway line.. At dawn we went out to collect corpses of animals left from the night train: the train always kills two or three animals, it is only necessary to find them. These we also ate . Well, not only them, of course. We also caught fish in a trap.  It’s much easier to concentrate on music when you are not worrying about where to find money for dinner.

From a 2004 Russian interview.

May 6, 2017 - Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari)

These storks are found in two unconnected ranges in eastern South America, one from Colombia east along the northern coast of the continent to Brazil and one from parts of central Brazil south to Argentina. They hunt in shallow water for frogs, tadpoles, fish, small aquatic rodents, snakes, crabs, and aquatic insects. Nesting in small colonies, or sometimes alone, pairs build their platform nests from sticks and grass in bushes and small trees. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.

Dave the Intern is possibly a capybara, or some kind of other large aquatic rodent. He lacks a tail, is bigger compared to the other anthro Sonic characters, has a large nose, tiny ears, and aside from his large buck teeth he doesn’t share a similar body or face build as the beaver characters in Sonic Boom. Also, if you research certain things concerning the capybara’s anatomy, the whole “what are these pockets?” comment from Dave makes a little more sense…