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That’s no rat, that’s the governor

Standing on display along a side wall in the governor’s office is a real stuffed otter, holding tiny U.S. and Idaho flags. Gov. Butch Otter explains that the work of taxidermy was presented to him by the Safari Club International when he went off to Congress, and the animal came from along the Portneuf River in the Pocatello area. “A lot of folks, when I was in Congress, they’d come in and look at that and say, ‘Wow, that’s the biggest rat I’ve ever seen,’” Otter recalled with a chuckle. “I said, ‘No, that’s an otter. There’s only one rat in this office, and you’re talking with him.’”


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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