I think I may have identified the "rats" we all see in the trees of Paxos. I took some pictures of one drinking sea-water at Marmari Beach in May and can see that they are NOT sewer rats or even a typical rat. They are, I believe a sub-branch of the MOUSE-TAILED DORMOUSE or LOIR or European dormouse (myomimus). The term tree hamster was thought by me to be a euphanism to appease tourists but I think it is near to the truth.
Cuddly dormice or tree-climbing sewer rat, name your preference.
That is a "fat dormouse". We have them in the oak trees in our garden and I love to hear them chattering away, although I think they can cause immense damage if they get into your roof. My one-eyed cat caught one two years ago and killed it so I had a close up view! I have been trying to find out for ages where they go in winter? Do they hibernate and if so, where do they sleep, because it is certainly not in the trees in which they live in summer?
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