Our Niece called yesterday and said there was some huge, horrible creature laying dead in her yard. She said the dogs must have dragged it up from the woods. She described it to me over the phone and I was pretty sure it was a Nutria and when I saw the picture I was sure of it.
Back in South Arkansas where I grew up, we called this critter a Swamp Rat. They are a large, herbivorous, semi-aquatic rodent native to South America. They live along the banks of bodies of water and feed on plants and roots and burrow into the soil and construct dens similar to Beavers. Although their fur is used in some parts of the world they are not much sought after in this part of the country. I’m glad I don’t have a bunch of these around my place, how about you?