Unfortunately, every coin has two sides and the water rat had to find that out the hard way. Up until 1938, it was hunted for its soft fur almost to the point of extinction! So you see, the water rat must be all too confused by the human species. First it's being hunted for its gorgeous fur, then it's hunted for In certain areas of Australia, however, regulation laws have finally been passed to protect the water rat population, which is gradually decreasing, while not officially considered threatened.
It thinks on its feet
Add this to the rakali's "I'm not just a rat" list. The water rat has developed special, partly webbed feet, that have not only made it an incredibly fast and skilled swimmer, but also look adorable.