Science: Nutria Nuisance

My family never had an animal menace like this, said British Farmer Benjamin Banham, whose forebears have been tilling the soil near Great Yarmouth for 500 years. "Last fall they cleared out seven acres of my kale and 40 tons of swede [a kind of turnip grown for cattle fodder]." In Burgh Castle, after trapping 460 of the same varments that ate Banham's kale, Farmer John Berry was near despair: "If they carry on the way they do," said he, "they'll be master of the land in three years."

Britain's newest animal menace is a big (larger than a muskrat),...

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