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Calif. rep to bring dead giant swamp rat to Congress

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A Turlock lawmaker plans to bring a giant swamp rat to Congress to drum up support for eradicating the pest from California's Central Valley.

Rep. Josh Harder, a rookie Democratic congressman, wants his colleagues to award $7 million to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over five years to combat the spread of nutria, large semi-aquatic rodents wreaking havoc on wetlands in his district.

The swamp rat that will accompany Harder Tuesday in Washington is not an actual living nutria, but rather the dead, stuffed-with-sawdust variety, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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