Even in one of the earliest books, the muskrat philosopher ends up seeing the point of things.
The muskrat is adrift, but not homeless; his range is vastly extended, and he evidently rejoices in full streams.
But water does not wet the muskrat; his fur is charmed, and not a drop penetrates it.
He knew that the muskrat could not stay for ever down in that muddy crevice.
Once a splash in the shadows set his nerves quivering, but it was only a muskrat.
Here a fox had crossed, there a rabbit or a squirrel or a muskrat.
"I show you how to skin him, if you want," she suggested, pointing to the other muskrat.
Look up the muskrat and compare his ways with those of the beaver.
The muskrat—is the most interesting of all animals that live in water.
The entrails of muskrat, rabbit, chicken or duck will make far better bait than the animal or bird itself.
also musk-rat, 1610s, alteration (by association with musk and rat) of musquash, from Algonquian (probably Powhatan) muscascus, literally "it is red," so called for its colorings. From cognate Abenaki muskwessu comes variant form musquash (1620s).