Nutria were imported into the U.S. from South America by fur traders in the late 1800's. When the fur traders realized there was no market for Nutria fur, they released the animals into the wild. These semi-aquatic rodents can now be found in waterways across the United States. A Nutria looks a bit like an overgrown muskrat, but it has a patch of lighter fur at the base of the ears, white whiskers, and orange teeth. They are strong swimmers and they are rarely far from water, so I was lucky to photograph this family in the open.