Alabama, 2062 A.D.
Rapid climate change has led to a plague of super tornadoes in the American South. When two massive twisters converged in Alabama in June 2037, The Browns Ferry Nuclear Power plant experienced a meltdown, heavily contaminating the Tennessee River. Wildlife throughout the region was affected, and while many species died off, a few new ones developed.
The Banjo-faced Pocada is just such a species. Scientists believe these creatures have DNA from both Magicicada tredecacassini (the 13-year cicada) and Didelphis virginiana (the North American opossum). Reports of catfish DNA remain unconfirmed. The Pocada became the state animal of Alabama in 2040, before multiplying rapidly and decimating most of the native wildlife. The creature is now found all along the East Coast and into the Midwest, but the peculiar banjo-faced subspecies is encountered only in the Deep South.