Webster was a tiny baby Nutria (smaller than a guinea pig) just last February. Many who even know what Nutria are see them from a distance and recoil ... "eww big water rat" ... but in fact Webster knows his name, follows us around the property just like one of our dogs, comes in through the cat door to visit (and to unroll the toilet paper from the rolls like a young kitten). He is smart, affectionate, and very very personable. He is a Superstar at the wildlife vets where I teach wildlife classes to local students. He is an ambassador for 'invasive species education' wherein the kids learn that invasive species very rarely have invaded but typically are brought to our country by humans seeking profits in the pet, or in the case of Nutria, the fur industry. I dont want our young people to demonize animals based on their 'invasive' status, but to understand that while control may be necessary, we are typically the cause of the problem and these animals need to be dealt with compassionately. I defy anyone who meets Webster to leave feeling he's 'just a water rat.' Gauntlet thrown. The Ark is working hard to model compassion, stewardship and responsibility. Let's put the HUMAN back into HUMANe.