From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) For alga Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 22:43:44 -0500 > Today Florida and Louisiana, tomorrow New York. Beware, alga! > > Giant rats roam Florida > TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Like something escaped from a mad scientist's > laboratory, the monstrous rodents creep through the underbrush. > Don't worry, these critters just want some salad. > These rats -- as big as the family dog and weighing more than a > Thanksgiving turkey -- are nutria, roaming eastern Hillsborough County as > the result of commercialism gone to seed. > "I saw this humongous rat on the road," said JoAnn Hoffmann, who > encountered a nutria while driving to work. "My jaw just dropped." > Exclusively vegetarian, they dine on aquatic plants. As we New Yorkers (even gentiles) say; Oy vay!!! > Nutria tail now worth $4 On the other hand.... -alga --