See Article History Alternative Titles: She starred in 11 motion pictures before abandoning a Hollywood career to marry Rainier III, prince of Monacoin Kellya gold-medal winning oarsman, and her uncle was the playwright George Kelly. She was cast in a number of television dramas in the early s.
The orange-toothed, semi-aquatic rodents from South America, which can grow to be up to 20 pounds, have become invasive species whose territory extends to almost every continent on earth.
The pesky creatures are the subject of a new documentary, Rodents of Unusual Size. Here are seven facts about the animals we learned from the documentary.
Nutria are native to South America, but over the past century or so, they have traveled around the globe. In Spanish, the word nutria means otter. While Rodents of Unusual Size focuses on a small community in southern Louisiana, nutria pose a significant problem elsewhere, too.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fur farmers and trappers brought them to Europe, Asia, and Africa as well as a number of places in North America to raise them for their pelts.
Unfortunately, that led to the rise of feral populations that have since ballooned. One of the reasons nutria pose such a big problem as an invasive species is that they multiply rapidly.
They reach sexual maturity at only a few months old, can reproduce up to three times a year, and in extreme cases, can have litters of up to When I look out now, it looks like a disaster. What was once wetland becomes open water, permanently. While storms, dredging, and other factors have also played a role in the environmental decline of places like Delacroix, between andovergrazing nutria contributed to the conversion of almost 26, acres of Louisiana marsh to open water, the state estimates.
And since marshes serve as important protection against storm surges, that also leads to greater flooding inland. Nutria also pose problems in other arenas: The animals dig extensive burrow systems that sometimes end up under roads, around bridges, and in canals and levees.
They also destroy thousands of dollars worth of crops like sugarcane and rice each year, and do millions of dollars of damage to golf courses. In Louisiana, for instance, fur farmers brought them up from Argentina to raise for their pelts in the s.
Some of those animals either escaped or were released, taking up residence along the Gulf Coast, where they flourished in the swamps and other wetlands.
In the s, nutria trapping brought in 1. Unfortunately, the overabundance of nutria meant that supply eventually outstripped demand—which was falling across the fur industry anyway—and prices fell steeply over the next few decades.
Trapping nutria was no longer as profitable, so trappers found work elsewhere. Thomas Gonzales of Delacroix Island, Louisiana Now, as the environmental impact of nutria has become more apparent, the state of Louisiana is trying to bring back nutria trapping.
During the nutria hunting season, from November to March, the state sets up collection stations where trappers can bring in the tails of nutria they have killed [ PDF ].Grace is a recovering alcoholic, now divorced from an abusive husband, struggling to bring up three children on her own.
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My newest book, The Inevitable, a New York Times bestseller, is now available in srmvision.com book is also a . Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, – September 14, ) was an American film actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April After embarking on an acting career in , when she was 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions .
Her father, Jack, was a three-time Olympic gold medallist who turned a $7, loan into an $18 million construction company. Her mother, Margaret, was a champion swimmer and cover model. Grace Kelly, Actress: Rear Window. On November 12, , Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents.
Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early srmvision.com: Nov 12, Following Kelly's death, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) was established to continue the work she had done anonymously during her lifetime, assisting emerging theater, dance Died: September 14, (aged 52), Monaco Hospital, La Colle, Monaco.