Yes, that’s a cooked muskrat. Assistant Managing Editor Michael E. Grass gave it a try this weekend and gives us this report:
The soft, chewy meat was very brackish—the critters live in the tidal estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay—and did not taste very appetizing. Visually, having the eye sockets empty and gnawing teeth protruding was not too pleasing, even if a cute cranberry was added for decorative effect. To add to the experience, the muskrat chunk I put in my mouth had some sort of hard bone particle in it.