Dubliners Warned To Be On Alert For Large Rodent Near Ashtown Area Of The Canal

Elaine Stenson
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Waterways Ireland has issued an alert warning people in Dublin to be on the lookout for a large invasive rodent.

Sightings of the Coypu have been reported near the Ashtown area of the canal close to Castleknock.

This type of rodent – which has bright orange teeth and can grow up to 1 metre in length – weighs up to 9 kilos.

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It can carry a number of diseases harmful to humans and domestic animals.

Ferdia Marnell from the National Parks & Wildlife Service is asking the public to report any sightings of the rodent.