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“A lot of people take photos of rats at various angles to make it look larger than it actually is, but this is exactly as you see it,” Mr Sullivan said.
He said: "There is a lot of misrepresentation with guys taking photos of rats with mobile phones and holding it out at an extreme arms length to create the illusion that it's bigger than it really is," he said, "But this is the real deal; it's the largest rat I've ever seen."
originally posted by: Bluesma
a reply to: lostbook
That doesn't look like a rat. It doesn't have the same shape of head- rats are more elongated.
That looks like a Nutria - in which case the size is completely normal (I've even seen bigger than that).
The coypu (from Spanish coipú, from Mapudungun kóypu; Myocastor coypus), also known as the river rat or nutria, is a large, herbivorous, semi-aquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers. Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range. Coypus live in burrows alongside stretches of water. They feed on river plant stems.
In the United Kingdom, coypus were introduced to East Anglia, for fur, in 1929; many escaped and damaged the drainage works, and a concerted programme by MAFF eradicated them by 1989. However, in 2012, a "giant rat" was killed in County Durham, with authorities suspecting the animal was, in fact, a coypu.
originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: lostbook
That's almost big enough to feed a small family, or eat one. Nice find.
originally posted by: DonVoigt
That's not that big, about 30 years ago when I was a kid, we had bigger rats than that, the news referred to them as superrats. Pffft. That is nothing