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.
Yes, I know all your traps, of all the sizes you use, from muskrat up to bear!
He knew that the muskrat could not stay for ever down in that muddy crevice.
Ictinike wished to do just as muskrat had done, but he was unable.
Here a fox had crossed, there a rabbit or a squirrel or a muskrat.
The muskrat entered his den with a bleeding foot but a thankful heart.
Look up the muskrat and compare his ways with those of the beaver.
But water does not wet the muskrat; his fur is charmed, and not a drop penetrates it.
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).