There’s something in the waters

weeziepops 25 May 2009 23

As I watched the swans and ducks enjoying a balmy May afternoon on Lake Ginninderra, I was surprised to see a creature interrupt their play.

It was four legged and had a tail and swam in the water before coming to shore. Apparently I shrieked something like, “Look! Look! A beast! A beast in the water!” – in a courageous manner, I’m sure.

The birds were not overly disturbed by said beast but I am now puzzling over what it could possibly have been. It seemed too big to be a rat, but I can’t think what else it could be.

Any insights, Rioters?


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stace8383 stace8383 4:49 pm 29 May 09

It wasn’t that long ago I was talking to my husband about the tourism possibilities in inventing a “Lake Burley Griffin Monster”, faking a few photos and putting out a press release… looks like you beat us to it 😉

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 7:51 am 26 May 09

#21 & 19….LMAO. You should really give the dirty rat the gold, because I neglected to say that I tried kicking it off the bridge as the race came neck and neck. Sad , I know!

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 11:53 pm 25 May 09

Peewee Slasher said :

Ceej1973 said :

I concur. Water rat. When I lived on student ressies, coming home one freezing night along the rickety old wooden foot bridge on my bike from SAILS nightclub, I raced a rat the length of the bridge. He jumped into the water just before the end of the bridge, obviously being a water rat, he was more comfortable taking refuge in freezing water than the shrub at the end of the bridge.

Can you imagine? The starters pistol fired, the water rat lunged forward from the start line, staring at his competition; a large human being using a cycling aid for assistance. As the rat raced past the finish line, his little heart beating at; well let’s face it – not much of a tempo, he longed to hear a crowd cheer. Each day and night, he raced humans, dogs, cats, axelotto’s or paper debris caught in a breeze, along the bridge.

His cousin, Roland had successfully forged a career in television, decades ago and a distant relative, his grand uncle Splinter, the story goes, had coalesced a team of turtles to fight crime, but, given time, he was sure, his name would one day be remembered in sporting history.

He had considered olympic swimming, but that was just plain silly. A rat, swimming? Ha!

Who would believe it?

Excellent. Cheering for the rat here!!!!!! Oops, sorry, cheering for Ceej too. Can we call it a tie and give them both a medal?

Ivan76 Ivan76 5:49 pm 25 May 09

I have a Red healer x Bull Terrier (note Bull Terrier NOT Pitt Bull so dont start with the viscious dog crap….) that swims in the lake almost every day.

Could have been him.

Peewee Slasher Peewee Slasher 4:26 pm 25 May 09

Ceej1973 said :

I concur. Water rat. When I lived on student ressies, coming home one freezing night along the rickety old wooden foot bridge on my bike from SAILS nightclub, I raced a rat the length of the bridge. He jumped into the water just before the end of the bridge, obviously being a water rat, he was more comfortable taking refuge in freezing water than the shrub at the end of the bridge.

Can you imagine? The starters pistol fired, the water rat lunged forward from the start line, staring at his competition; a large human being using a cycling aid for assistance. As the rat raced past the finish line, his little heart beating at; well let’s face it – not much of a tempo, he longed to hear a crowd cheer. Each day and night, he raced humans, dogs, cats, axelotto’s or paper debris caught in a breeze, along the bridge.

His cousin, Roland had successfully forged a career in television, decades ago and a distant relative, his grand uncle Splinter, the story goes, had coalesced a team of turtles to fight crime, but, given time, he was sure, his name would one day be remembered in sporting history.

He had considered olympic swimming, but that was just plain silly. A rat, swimming? Ha!

Who would believe it?

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 3:29 pm 25 May 09

I concur. Water rat. When I lived on student ressies, coming home one freezing night along the rickety old wooden foot bridge on my bike from SAILS nightclub, I raced a rat the length of the bridge. He jumped into the water just before the end of the bridge, obviously being a water rat, he was more comfortable taking refuge in freezing water than the shrub at the end of the bridge.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 12:54 pm 25 May 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Young Liberal trying to get a tan.

You mean your beemer isn’t a convertible?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 12:53 pm 25 May 09

Young Liberal trying to get a tan.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 12:42 pm 25 May 09

I was running around the lake this morning and saw a truly massive water rat scampter across the bike path to get to the water, the girl running in front of me freaked out at how big it was, turned around and ran back the way she’d come.

Special G Special G 12:38 pm 25 May 09

Some of the water rats in LBG would probably take your leg off if you got close enough.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 11:30 am 25 May 09

Sorry Astro, the reptiods are only to be found paddling through the blue-green algae on weekends when there are rowing regattas.

astrojax astrojax 11:26 am 25 May 09

ahh, not a reptoid then, neanderthalis..?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 11:20 am 25 May 09

More than likely a water rat. Hydromys chrysogaster, a native species and quite common around this part of the world, are normally nocturnal, but in colder months venture out during the afternoon.

They can grow up to 30cm in body length with a tail of 25cm or so.

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 10:31 am 25 May 09

Saw something very similar climb out of the water at Weston Park two weeks ago. It was about the size of a small cat, but otherwise looked like a rat.

I didn’t think rats could get that big, but there you go.

caf caf 10:26 am 25 May 09

Concur that it was probably a water rat, they’re pretty large. We used to feed bread to them sometimes, way back when I was a student at LGC.

Thumper Thumper 9:24 am 25 May 09

Platypus are actually surprisingly small.

weeziepops weeziepops 9:12 am 25 May 09

A friend just read my post and honesty compels me to give her perspective – she reckons The Beast was about 10cm long including tail. I say it was at least 30cm long.

However, based on the wisdom of Kramer, I choose to believe it was a platypus.

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 9:11 am 25 May 09

Loch Ness Monster?

astrojax astrojax 9:08 am 25 May 09

a reptoid without its human disguise? mebbe was johnboy!

Kramer Kramer 9:04 am 25 May 09

Platypus perhaps? I have seen one in LBG having a late arvo swim…

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