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Many riparian mammals were formerly
designated by the Catholic Church as fish.
This derogation allowed them to be
consumed during fast days.
They were once such a familiar part of the
British landscape that they were immortalised
as characters in children's books.
Strange stories arose regarding their savagery!!!
Their fur was occasionally made into waistcoats
Manufactures of air rifles promoted their use as
Victorian Anglers used to use a cork lure called
a water vole to catch pike.
Specialists in water vole ecology