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In the isolated Solomon Islands, mothers and fathers have been known to sing to their children of apocryphal rats. In one rhyme, Kamare and Isuku go scurrying up a child, one rat on each side. They climb the ribs and reach the armpits, where the singer finally tickles the child. Isuku, as the song goes, is what your average New Yorker might consider a fairly normal-size rat. But Kamare, the children are told, is big. The mammalogist Tyrone Lavery learned of this rhyme as he searched the Solomons for another giant rat — Vika — rumored to live in the trees, a foot-and-a-half long, with teeth so sharp it can punch through a coconut. And unlike the rats in the song, Vika is very real. Its scale-covered tail, great jaws and a few rare photos were revealed Wednesday in the Journal of Mammalogy. Uromys vika is the first rodent species to be discovered in the islands in nearly a century, at the end of Lavery’s long search.
The definition of Vika: “A very big rat that eats coconuts.”
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: seattlerat
does it taste like chicken ?