Rodents of Unusual Size - a documentary about 20-lb rats in Louisiana


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  1. bo1n6bo1n6 says:


    • Preston Sturges says:

      That word,  I do not think that word means what you think it means.

      • SoItBegins says:

        Darn it, you beat me to it!

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  2. They are also all over our suburban North Dallas neighbourhoods, in almost every creek and park, chewing down trees up to about 18″ diameter, and undercutting the banks until they collapse over wide areas!

    • Roose_Bolton says:

      chewing down trees up to about 18″ diameter – in Texas they’re rats, in Canada they’re the national animal.

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    We’ve got these ugly suckers in Oregon! They’re listed as an invasive species, but I don’t think you’re free to pull out a rifle and off them.
    * * *
    When I was a kid, I went to a carnival (aka “Fun Fair”) that had a trailer advertising GIANT BLOODTHIRSTY RATS!

    For the cost of a ticket (25 cents) you got to climb up on a platform and look through a slit into a cage lit with red lights. Inside of which were three or four of what, I’m pretty sure now, were nutria.

  4. Missy Pants says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw one of these down by Cherry Beach in Toronto. It was near the dog park and the dogs were going nuts trying to get at it, and it was making a weird noise much like that old guys holler. Everyone who saw it first thought it was a beaver but it didn’t have a beaver tail. Inneresting!

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  6. gentlemanrook says:

    They were originally imported to LA by a man who thought he could get rich quick by selling their pelts as marvelous new fur coats, etc.  They assembled tiny thermonuclear devices and fought their way out of confinement and into the bayous.  Or so I’m told. 

    Didn’t know we were paying $5 a tail…I need to oil the rifle up!

  7. SumAnon says:

    I winced at the first glimpse of the nutria, but when you get a close up of their face, they look more like beavers than ‘eat your kitten when you’re at work’ NYC rats. 

    • bo1n6bo1n6 says:

      Opossums however…. Opossibly one of the nastiest critters I’ve ever had to come face to face with.

      • ryuthrowsstuff says:

        Opossums can be pretty nasty when you run into them out in the wild. But a friend of my grandparents was involved in wild life rescue. Used to adopt animals that couldn’t be released. Had a couple Opossums that were pretty awesome little guys. A raccoon that was pretty friendly. But oddly the friendliest and most fun critter he had as a skunk. That thing was more loving than most dogs.

        • SumAnon says:

           Skunks are weasels, which makes them automatically awesome and easier to tame.

          My relatives in the midwest were hunters, and during their trips in the woods used to take photos of possums that they find playing dead. Evidently, as soon as you nudge them, they go from limp and ‘dead’ to a wide eyed ‘i will kill you and everyone you care about.’ Some pretty terrifying snap shots.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Possums? The ones that I ran into in San Francisco were very mild-mannered.

        • RaidenDaigo says:

          * Possums live in New Zealand and Australia. Opossums in Golden Gate are nice because the raccoons are huge so they need man as an ally. The raccoons hiding in the fog almost tripping me up on my bike, trying to steal my whiskey. 

        • bo1n6bo1n6 says:

          They can sure get nasty when startled by your dog late at night.

        • Preston Sturges says:

          Strangely may people are terrified of them.  They are a slow moving extremely primitive creature and unfamiliar.

          Interestingly, Asian immigrants. even those that have been here 20 years are unfamiliar with possums. I guess because their languages do not have a corresponding  word, and possums just don’t get talked about very much. If someone tried to tell me about them, I would think they were describing something mythical. 

      • Philboyd Studge says:

         But cute as young’uns.

  8. Finnagain says:

    “Rats”. I don’t think that word means what you think it means. 

    • Artor says:

      Exactly. Nutria are common as dirt here in Oregon, and I was expecting to hear about actual overgrown rats. When I saw it was just “the mysterious nutria,” I almost facepalmed. I suppose they’re not quite as big a problem here, because they have to compete with the opossums, raccoons and coyotes, but I’d have thought possums & coons would be pretty ubiquitous in Louisiana too, with gators added for good measure.

      Only the opossums can compete with them for ugliest roadkill though. Eww!

      • Lupus_Yonderboy says:

        Nutria really found their niche here, we definitely have possums and raccoons and a few coyotes (from what I hear at least, I haven’t seen any but I’ve definitely seen possums and raccoons) but it hasn’t stopped the nutria from going “Oh HAI, yeah this is pretty much like home but a little colder with fewer natural predators.  We’ll take it!”.

    • llazy8 says:

      Right.  They are not rats.  They are coypu, similar to carpinchos and actually very cute if you (like me) like animals that appear to be grumpy old dudes.

    • Micklak says:

      Thank you. Words have meaning. 

    • Lupus_Yonderboy says:

      Thank you, Nutria are no more “rats” than Capybara are.

  9. Brad Gall says:

    The local Sheriff use to have the SWAT team shoot them in residential neighborhods.

  10. Oversoul225 says:

    Nutria are freaking delicious. Naturally spicy + packed with flavor = great sausage. We eat large water dwelling bugs after boiling them, so really all the more thorough cleaning of these giant rats is more pinky extending proper. I’ve read this site for years, and yes, my first comment will be on eating large rats.

  11. SuperMatt says:

    This reminds me of the rats in the original Fallout game – those buggers could kill you!

  12. guest says:

    Does Jim Fourniadis do the soundtrack?

  13. The largest rodent in the world is the capybara.  They can weight as much as 150 pounds (66 kg).   They are only found in South America though.

  14. jrevelator says:

    Sorry, I don’t support wildlife destruction. Maybe get together with the Swamp Gator show and the problem will fix itself.

    • Lupus_Yonderboy says:

      Well, I don’t support the killing of *any* animals but you have to understand that Nutria aren’t properly “wildlife” around here – they’re an invasive species (imported for fur farming that went feral and bred like all get out).  I don’t want them killed either but there is a reasoning behind it.

  15. swankles says:

    Did I ever tell you guys about the time I wrestled with one in a patch of firemines and wound up in some goddamn quicksand…man that was…throw me a vine.

  16. RaidenDaigo says:

    Eat them! Sell them as an even trendier rodent then guinea pig.

  17. David Ward says:

    Just saw this rather controversial animated short tonight, at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival on tour.

  18. Beanolini says:

    We had coypu in SE England too- I saw them a couple of times when I was a kid. They were supposedly exterminated in the late 80s.

    Seems like they’re well established in continental Europe too, I saw one in central France a few years ago, and was told they were quite common in the area.

  19. jansob says:

    In my college years, I spent a lot of time working on rice farms near Eunice, LA….one of our favorite pastimes was sitting in the back of a truck with a cooler full of beer and a scoped .223 rifle knocking off the nutria that poked their heads up after a long session of digging through our levees.

    Politically incorrect, unsafe, and some of the best times of my life. Sadly, we never thought to cook the little buggers. Surprisingly, as Cajuns will eat nearly anything else. Quoi faire ?

  20. Chris Duggan says:

    Hell, the local sheriff’s office has the swat team drive up and down the canals in the suburbs of New Orleans shooting the things:

  21. raisenj says:

    I like Boudreaux!

  22. I live in Padua, Italy, and this little (!) friend is very common here beside the rivers, even in downtown.

    Many years ago some kind of genius brought here these animals to make cheap   fur clothes. Now we are impested…

    This is from Padua, say hello!

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