PHOTO EXTRA: Odd sight at Sixth Street West fire

This muskrat pauses for a few moments near the gear of some Cornwall firefighters on April 3, 2015, near the fire line of a Sixth Street West blaze. The rodent waddled through the scene catching a few firefighters by surprise. Click photo to enlarge. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Some Cornwall firefighters got a little bit of a startle early Friday morning while waiting on the sidelines of a fire on Sixth Street.

A muskrat made its way from underneath a fire truck and found its way under the feet of a group of firefighters including Chief Richard McCullough and Platoon Chief Pierre Baril.

The group quickly made room for the large rodent as it made its way down Sixth Street, taking a pause near the firefighters’ gear, before disappearing into the night.

It was an unusual sight considering muskrats are usually found near bodies of water where they feed on aquatic plants.

They are most active at night or near dawn and dusk.

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