Friday was Epiphany, the Christian holiday, celebrated with galettes and roscas, which I mentioned in a previous post. It was also the first day you'd see Kings' Cakes in New Orleans for the pre-Lentan Carnivale season—so naturally my thoughts turn to nutria.
Nutria are furry creatures, also known as coypu or river rats. And they do look like rats—giant, cat-sized, prehistoric, saber-toothed rats, in my experience. They're wetlands dwellers, found throughout Louisiana, where they're also known as swamp rats.
They're also among us in the greater Chicagoland area. Some believe they're extinct around here. They're not.