Le Ragondin (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, October 2012)

Le Ragondin (Coypu)

This week’s prompt from 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups is the phrase

…and winter will bring…

We see many Coypu on our travels in France, introduced from warmer climes many years ago to be farmed for their fur.  Escaped, or simply liberated as the fur trade has declined, they are largely detested, and cruelly hunted. 

The canal is quieter today;  no more explosive gunfire, barking dogs or the clash of steel that killed her mate yesterday.

She glides by the bank,  peppered with burrows she and her colony have dug.  This is what angers the hunters, when perforated banking collapses, flooding their fields.  This, and the devastation of crops to feed the coypu young.

Far from her native clime, she’s served her family, as her ancestors served her hunters.

Now her young have fled, making their own lives.  She is old, hungry and alone, and winter will bring the hard frosts that will likely kill her.

C’est la vie?

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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20 Responses to Le Ragondin (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, October 2012)

  1. Very powerful, and I love that this is from her perspective, but also educates us about the realities of man vs. animal.


  2. Powerful and so true… Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comment.


  3. brudberg says:

    Very nice story, and I learned something new as well. Thank you


  4. Delft says:

    So cute – though I understand why the farmers don’t want them.
    A strong story. Happily I think animals are good at living in the present moment, unlike us, who tend to make our lives as miserable as we can….


  5. Very informative. My first thought when looking at this animal that it was a rat escaping a sinking ship. Well written. 🙂


  6. Sally says:

    A different take and well written. I felt so sad for her.


  7. A sad, sad reality, and I felt very sad for this beautiful creature – it’s horrible when particular animals are branded pests just because their rightful dwellings clash with their human nieghbours. Anyway, it was a lovely piece, and original take on the prompt.


  8. lorrainefort says:

    I love the perspective and the picture; I think we call this a muskrat or an otter. Either way, the natural habitats of animals is slowly being invaded by humanity. It’s difficult for both sides to persevere with out interfering with the other. And each life runs its course. C’est la vie. 🙂


  9. I too felt sad for her and hope she can find somewhere to see the winter through. We humans have it easy really.


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