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Giant rat discovered in Indonesia (with pic)

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posted on Dec, 19 2007 @ 10:31 AM
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At last check I have 527 rats. Usually more, but because of the holidays work is slowing down.

Rats get a bad rap. I would recommend them as a pet for kids. Lot smarter than something like a hamster or guinea pig. I consider them the most successful mammal on the planet next humans. They have evolved to live with humans and followed them every where humans have gone. There are only a handful of places in the world that don't have rats.




posted on Dec, 19 2007 @ 01:39 PM
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I once read a book (name & author escapes me) written by a solider that was present during the massacre in Rwanda, he wrote that large amounts of corpses littered the area & rats came out to feed upon them.

After a time feasting on human flesh he said they grew to be the size of small dogs & would scare the crap outta him.

thats my 2 cents



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 12:25 AM
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Rats make excellent pets. I would recommend them miles over any of the small "cage" pets that stores sell. Hamsters and Gerbils are very mean tempered, not to mention that they DO NOT come to you when called. Rats do. Rats are sweetie babies who just want to have mammal to mammal interaction with you. Rats Rock.

I saw the picture and I see that while this rat is not used to being picked up by humans (he seems a little grippy in his right front and back legs, just not used to being in the air yet) he is not stressed or freaked out at all. His left legs are just sorta hanging in the air and his tail is hanging down (okay, most rats just sorta drag their tails behind them, but my boys can stiffen them up some when startled...this guy isn't even trying that) This rat is just chillin.

On the whole i think this rat is just waiting for domestication. (im thinking dogs and cats kinda domestication, not cows...cows are curious and intelligentish and they got a bum deal) Call him cautiously optomistic. Give him treats and pets and see what happens.

Kinda really cool



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 08:44 AM
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I just want to say I hate rats......shiver..............


rats as pets.............


try a dog.............................................


try a cat................................................


try anything but a rat....................



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 08:51 AM
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Originally posted by Daz3d-n-Confus3d

Looks kind of like a Nutria to me.


I agree. They are all over
here in Louisiana.

Pelts bring a fair price
and they are great in
a gumbo.

Regards,
Lex



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 09:03 AM
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I had a friend who used to live in Louisiana and would eat nutria all the time. Here's a decent recipe, and I'm sure you could do the same with these Indonesian rats.

www.lacoast.gov...



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 08:59 PM
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Finally, my days of D&D And Runescape WILL come in handy,Just gotta get my broadsword...



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 09:00 PM
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Runescape sucks. D&D brings fond
memories.....

Wait, wrong forum....

Regards,
Lex



posted on Dec, 22 2007 @ 09:26 PM
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Originally posted by _Phoenix_

Originally posted by kickass
Come on guys!
That rat is really cute, dont you think?

Looks not like a sewer-rat IMHO.


I agree, he looks kinda cute. Some of those sewer rats look damn scary.


I agree, it's adorable! I love rats! I've had them since I was about 5... People don't realize how smart and clean they are! (Domestic ones of course lol) They groom as much as cats do for sure. I can't believe how big this guy is, wonder how old it is??



posted on Dec, 24 2007 @ 05:44 AM
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after comparing those two pics its goott to be a Nutria!
Or just a large, large rat? Simple as really!



posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 03:03 PM
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After looking further at the picture of this rat, I think it looks just like a Opossum.




posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 05:02 PM
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reply to post by Daz3d-n-Confus3d
 


I think it looks very different
That one looks ugly, the big rat looks cute;p



posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 05:48 PM
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Right you are. There were rats in my grandfathers old barn that had to be 5-6 pounds. They used rat traps that could kill a small cat. Nothing like a river rat (nutria) though. Those things are like a beaver with a rat tail.



posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 09:35 PM
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hell, i've seen bigger rats behind the greektown casino in detroit walking away from a dumpster!!!



posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 09:46 PM
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Originally posted by Daz3d-n-Confus3d
After looking further at the picture of this rat, I think it looks just like a Opossum.



Without question a 'possum. The only marsupial native to NA. Ugly ass varmints. The babies are kinda cute though.



posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 10:06 PM
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I am ashamed that this is already on the second page and no one has made a Princess Bride reference. So here you go...




Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
[Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him]




posted on Dec, 28 2007 @ 10:20 AM
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when my girlfriend saw a tiny rat, she scream!!

what if she saw that rat ? bakal pingsan tuh cw gw



posted on Dec, 28 2007 @ 02:43 PM
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Looks like a smallish capybara:



Well no not really, but thats the biggest rodent on the planet.

Wow, that rat is big.



posted on Jan, 25 2008 @ 08:56 PM
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Ya, I live in south louisiana, and that most deff. does look like a nutria.



posted on Jan, 26 2008 @ 07:29 AM
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Imagine you were cleaning your cupboard and that jumped out
probaly wouldnt be able to go back into the house




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