Stay away from the beaches of Mississippi — unless you want to see tens of thousands of exploding and decaying rats.
Cleanup crews wearing haz-mat suits continued working Thursday to dispose of around 20,000 nutria – also known as swamp rats – that washed ashore in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
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It's not clear how they are managed to end up like this. The animals can swim and may have been forced to due to flood waters. But the carcasses are rotting and smelling making some workers sick. Perhaps they will get lucky, as happened in this story, and the remains will get washed back out to sea.