The magnolia branches shiver under the sudden weight of a small D.C. resident. Skipping playfully along and slapping the air with his great bushy tail, he looks more like a small, chubby citizen than a half-rabid rodent. Like any upstanding citizen of the District, he pretends to be terribly annoyed by photo-snapping tourists, while in reality, the majority of the profits of his sleazy trade comes straight from their hands... literally.
A cheese cracker, the end of a hot dog bun, or the crust of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich will soon be tossed to him by ignorantly adoring visitors. He basks in the sure deviousness of it all and licks his lips of the foreign crumbs.
He just may be D.C.'s finest entertainer, and certainly it's most loyal citizen.