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Old 11-10-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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So what is a nutria?
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November 3, 2010 / News / Bushwick

The Brooklyn Paper: So what is a nutria?
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A lot of people ask us, “So, what is a nutria?” Here’s a primer:
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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What is a nutria? It's Louisiana's only mammal listed as an invasive species.

(whispering so as to not hurt it's feelings)Just for the record, it's also ugly.

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It used to be a coat!
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:18 PM   #5
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:26 PM   #6
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Also related to the Capybara, which are in the zoo!

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Suborder Hystricomorpha -
Old World - mole rats, cane rats, dassie rats, Old World porcupines, etc.
New World - guinea pigs, nutria, chinchillas, agoutis, pacas, capybaras, New World porcupines, etc.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:36 PM   #7
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We have a local celebrity nutria -

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In Acadiana Groundhog Day is done differently than anywhere else in the country.

Pierre C. Shadeaux, the weather-forecasting nutria rat, takes the place of a groundhog
Cajun Groundhog Day Forecast In New Iberia | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana
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Very invasive, nonnative mammal! Hoping they never make it this far north!
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You know you are from Louisiana if...
* You substitute a nutria rat for a turkey at Thanksgiving
* You know what a nutria rat is but you still pick it to represent your baseball team.
* You pick a nutria rat to take the place of a groundhog on Groundhog Day
Just kidding but it was a little funny dontcha think?
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:11 AM   #10
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It's funny. And more than a little true.

The state launched an advertising campaign a few years ago to try to market nutria meat as healthy protein, but I'm not sure anyone actually buys it except as a novelty - to serve a taste of it at a barbecue to preserve your reputation for the coolest cookouts, for example.

I hope their "silverfin promotion" for carp goes a little better.
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