Can moles swim?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by BrianT, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. BrianT

    BrianT Member

    I was cycling to work this morning, and I'd just got to the middle of a footbridge over the Thames, when coming in the other direction was a mole. (No, really) I've no idea why he'd decided to cross the bridge, but when he saw me he turned round and started running away. But there's no lip on the edge of the bridge, and in his haste he went over the edge and fell into the water, about a metre from the bank. I rushed to the edge, and I saw some splashing for a bit, but then it stopped. I'd hate to think I'd caused Mr Mole to drown. Someone tell me he could have swum to the edge and climbed out. (Feeling guilty) :(
     
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  3. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    From the following article:

    http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/1999/aug99/aug9914.html

    comes this extract:

    . . . so it looks as if your conscience is clear ;)
     
  4. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Wouldn't it have been swimming underwater?

    (Coat...)
     
  5. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    On the other hand . . .

    ;) ;) ;)
     
  6. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    Hmmmmm....... are you sure this was a mole? They aren't renowned for either their vision or for their athletic ability (or to be more accurate they are renowned for having neither). They aren't renowned for ever being walking along the surface if it comes to that - the nails on their front feet don't let them move fast enough.

    I would think it far more likely that this was some sort of rodent - most likely a vole or a small rat - all of which would swim well.
     
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  8. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    We badgers have a joke:
    How do you stop a mole from drowning?
    Take your paw off his head... :p
    You have no idea how badgly your actions this morning will affect your karma. You're going to come back as an earthworm
    BMB
    xx
     
  9. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    Is this special badger language, or have you been at the overripe acorns again??
     
  10. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    It was that squirrel I peeled earlier. Think it must have gone off...:oops:
    BMB
    xx
     
  11. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    This thread is only 9 posts long and I was crying laughing by the time I got to the end. I was in hysterics after the first 2 or 3!! :biggrin: :clap: :D :p



    Class...sheer Class.



    Do moles swim? LMFOA. Random or what.
     
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  13. oddbod

    oddbod Member

    Moles can swim. Each day when I shave and rinse, mine is still OK.
     
  14. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    More probably a water vole than a mole. Moles tend to avoid being caught out in the open. If it was a water vole then they are expert swimmers and they can swim underwater too.
     

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