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(WFAA Fort Worth)   On today's episode of "2020: The Endtimes", Fort Worth, TX facing an invasion of swamp rats   (wfaa.com) divider line
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2020-08-09 6:08:05 AM  
Don't worry.  Some level 1 adventurers will show up at a bar tomorrow morning, break into a few houses, steal some things, and deal with the rat problem for like... five measly exp.
 
2020-08-09 6:10:03 AM  
Lemme fire up the T-16.
 
2020-08-09 6:25:02 AM  
I didn't know Trump and his entourage were in Ft Worth.
 
2020-08-09 6:29:17 AM  

Jz4p: Don't worry.  Some level 1 adventurers will show up at a bar tomorrow morning, break into a few houses, steal some things, and deal with the rat problem for like... five measly exp.


If we lie and say they are goblins, it might turn out better.
 
2020-08-09 6:32:53 AM  
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2020-08-09 6:38:04 AM  
Well he said he'd drain the swamp.
 
2020-08-09 6:50:31 AM  

Spartacus Finch: Well he said he'd drain the swamp.


On side note.
Would it be advisable to drain an actual swamp?
 
2020-08-09 6:55:22 AM  
waxbeans:
Would it be advisable to drain an actual swamp?

It happens from time to time. Results vary, as you can never predict exactly what will happen with a total change in ecosystem.

/Almost always an apartment complex or HOA development is promptly built, even going back to the 1300s
 
2020-08-09 7:02:04 AM  
Also, subby, swamp rat is not the preferred nomenclature.
 
2020-08-09 7:07:57 AM  
On morning Boudreaux was on his back porch looking out over the bayou when Thibodeaux paddled by in his pirogue. Boudreaux calls out "Hey Thibodeaux, what you got there in the back of the boat?" "Duck Tape" Thibodeaux replies. I'm going Duck hunting, you want to come?" Boudreaux laughs, "Mai Thibodeaux you crazy, you go on now." Around noon Thibodeaux paddles back the other way with a boat full of ducks.

The next morning Boudreaux was again out on his back porch when Thibodeaux passed. Boudreaux calls out "Hey Thibodeaux, whats in them yellow boxes you got there in the boat?" "Nutra Sweet" Thibodeaux replies, I'm going catch some Nutria. Boudreaux laughs, "Mai Thibodeaux you crazy, you go on now." Around noon Thibodeaux paddles back the other way with a boat full of nutria pelts.

The next morning Boudreaux out on his back porch when he heard Thibodeaux paddling by. Boudreaux calls out "Hey Thibodeaux, whats all those weeds that you got there in the boat?" "Pussy Willow" Thibodeaux replies. "Hold on" says Boudreaux, "let me get my coat."
 
2020-08-09 7:08:34 AM  
Nutria or nutria rat is what they call them in Louisiana.

But they are herbivores.
 
2020-08-09 7:11:29 AM  
The more interesting part is the photo shows several Muscovy ducks with the nutria.

Muscovy ducks have been banned in Texas for, like, a decade. We're supposed to call TPWD to remove them, their eggs, their existence.

We're not even supposed to consume their delicious eggs. Call Texas parks and wildlife.

I would suggest that if anyone ever had a notion to raise ducks for food, maybe grab some of these. Like, worst that could happen is you get caught with an animal the state will not rehome and will kill. I think that'd be better than stealing a desirable duck?

I had elaborate plans to steal a few when I was a student in Houston. I was living on the wrong side of 3rd ward/288. The thought of roasting a duck, grilling a duck, fresh eggs made it all so very tempting. I was so poor then.

Anyway, enjoy. Muscovy.
 
2020-08-09 7:14:12 AM  
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2020-08-09 7:33:14 AM  
That's okay. I used to bulls eye swamp rats in my T-16 back home.
 
2020-08-09 7:41:51 AM  
I have it on good authority they're not much bigger than two meters.
 
2020-08-09 7:50:17 AM  
I'm convinced. The US has been taken over by Skaven Under-cities.
 
2020-08-09 8:14:38 AM  
Do you believe in portents?
 
2020-08-09 8:16:01 AM  

Jz4p: waxbeans:
Would it be advisable to drain an actual swamp?

It happens from time to time. Results vary, as you can never predict exactly what will happen with a total change in ecosystem.

/Almost always an apartment complex or HOA development is promptly built, even going back to the 1300s


Depending on whether you count the pre-drainage state as swamp or not, three prominent examples instantly spring to mind. The Somerset Levels and The Fens in England, and Dutch polders.

The history of draining those areas goes back a fair bit. Plus, if the pumps are driven by windmills, they help keep the people in the area cool.

/I've seen people from The Fens interviewed on Countryfile or similar, and they get a bit snippy if you call them windmills as opposed to windpumps, because they drive pumps, not mills.
 
2020-08-09 8:18:46 AM  
I don't believe they exist.
 
2020-08-09 8:19:53 AM  

Resident Muslim: Do you believe in portents?


I don't think they really have time to care any about the state of their camping equipment.
 
2020-08-09 8:23:15 AM  

iron de havilland: Jz4p: waxbeans:
Would it be advisable to drain an actual swamp?

It happens from time to time. Results vary, as you can never predict exactly what will happen with a total change in ecosystem.

/Almost always an apartment complex or HOA development is promptly built, even going back to the 1300s

Depending on whether you count the pre-drainage state as swamp or not, three prominent examples instantly spring to mind. The Somerset Levels and The Fens in England, and Dutch polders.

The history of draining those areas goes back a fair bit. Plus, if the pumps are driven by windmills, they help keep the people in the area cool.

/I've seen people from The Fens interviewed on Countryfile or similar, and they get a bit snippy if you call them windmills as opposed to windpumps, because they drive pumps, not mills.


Wow. Cool.
Thx.🤛
 
2020-08-09 8:28:50 AM  

Smoking GNU: I'm convinced. The US has been taken over by Skaven Under-cities.


There's a lot of Gully Dwarves these days.
 
2020-08-09 8:30:40 AM  

theflatline: Nutria or nutria rat is what they call them in Louisiana.

But they are herbivores.


Most rodents are herbivores, even rats themselves (rattus rattus / rattus norvegicus, yes seriously) are strongly preferential herbivores even though they're technically omnivorous and have the capacity to digest meat.

The problem with them is usually gnawing on furniture, buildings, etc to wear down their teeth, that they can often get at the grain that's supposed to be our food, and being biochemically compatible enough with humans to sometimes carry diseases that can be passed to us.

We're not actually all that worried about any species of rat trying to eat people or animals, A Plague Tale: Innocence notwithstanding.  I mean, bite if you are dumb enough to put them in a position where any animal would bite you, yes.  Eat, no.
 
2020-08-09 8:49:42 AM  
Oh Lord, ROUS's


Ambitwistor
I don't believe they exist.


I agree Ambitwistor - no way they exis.................
 
2020-08-09 8:54:14 AM  

Meesterjojo: The more interesting part is the photo shows several Muscovy ducks with the nutria.

Muscovy ducks have been banned in Texas for, like, a decade. We're supposed to call TPWD to remove them, their eggs, their existence.

We're not even supposed to consume their delicious eggs. Call Texas parks and wildlife.

I would suggest that if anyone ever had a notion to raise ducks for food, maybe grab some of these. Like, worst that could happen is you get caught with an animal the state will not rehome and will kill. I think that'd be better than stealing a desirable duck?

I had elaborate plans to steal a few when I was a student in Houston. I was living on the wrong side of 3rd ward/288. The thought of roasting a duck, grilling a duck, fresh eggs made it all so very tempting. I was so poor then.

Anyway, enjoy. Muscovy.


Reasoning behind why they don't want them? I know with any park that is frequented by ducks or geese, the one problem I could think of off the bat, is the copious amounts of poo.

Growing up, we had a local station that had a daily swap shop with folks calling in selling various things. For years I kept thinking some folks were selling "Muskogee" ducks.
 
2020-08-09 9:19:21 AM  

mr_fulano: I didn't know Trump and his entourage were in Ft Worth.


They're tired from their campaign trip to Portland.
 
2020-08-09 9:25:12 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: Also, subby, swamp rat is not the preferred nomenclature.


It's Rodents of Unusual Size?
 
2020-08-09 9:25:48 AM  
The article fails to point out the Nutria were imported to Austin, where Texas Parks and Wildlife is headquartered.   Their prowess in eating duckweed in the many lakes (serially dammed rivers) was supposed to stop fouling motors on recreational boats on Lake Austin.   They still drain the lake in winter hoping the occasional freeze will kill the weed.
 
2020-08-09 9:28:02 AM  

FlashHarry: I have it on good authority they're not much bigger than two meters.


That sounds like an unusual size.
 
2020-08-09 10:14:35 AM  

dryknife: On morning Boudreaux was on his back porch looking out over the bayou when Thibodeaux paddled by in his pirogue. Boudreaux calls out "Hey Thibodeaux, what you got there in the back of the boat?" "Duck Tape" Thibodeaux replies. I'm going Duck hunting, you want to come?" Boudreaux laughs, "Mai Thibodeaux you crazy, you go on now." Around noon Thibodeaux paddles back the other way with a boat full of ducks.

The next morning Boudreaux was again out on his back porch when Thibodeaux passed. Boudreaux calls out "Hey Thibodeaux, whats in them yellow boxes you got there in the boat?" "Nutra Sweet" Thibodeaux replies, I'm going catch some Nutria. Boudreaux laughs, "Mai Thibodeaux you crazy, you go on now." Around noon Thibodeaux paddles back the other way with a boat full of nutria pelts.

The next morning Boudreaux out on his back porch when he heard Thibodeaux paddling by. Boudreaux calls out "Hey Thibodeaux, whats all those weeds that you got there in the boat?" "Pussy Willow" Thibodeaux replies. "Hold on" says Boudreaux, "let me get my coat."


came here to get my coat.
returning satisfied.
 
2020-08-09 10:53:29 AM  
Star Wars, Princess Bride, Congress...
Beat me to the punch three for three.
You cats almost made me pee laughing.
Still haven't had my coffee goddamniit.
 
2020-08-09 11:34:58 AM  
Earthquake in NC.
 
2020-08-09 11:47:35 AM  
Don't worry, soon enough you may be glad for the food source. ;)
 
2020-08-09 2:22:58 PM  
Build over the wetlands, then the swamp rats move in. You can't explain that.

/or am I thinking of Houston?
 
2020-08-09 5:33:06 PM  
Why is that an issue Washington DC's been full of them for nearly 244 years and it isn't a problem.

/Actually it is, but we're told that's just politics.
 
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