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A 2.7kg rat bearing 2.5cm-long teeth has been caught in China.
The nightmarish creature, which has a 30cm tail, was trapped last weekend in Fuzhou, a city along China's south coast, Britain's Telegraph newspaper reports.
Originally posted by yeahright
It's less than half the size of your average adult nutria (swamp rat) which can get up to 20 lbs. Nice specimen, though. I'd hate to see one scurrying around in the garage.
Scientists believe they have found two new undocumented mammals, a giant rat and a pygmy possum, in the remote tropical forests of Indonesia's Papua province, a conservation group says.
Researchers from Conservation International and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences documented the two mammals during an expedition to Papua's Foja Mountains in June.
The Mallomys giant rat weighs 1.4 kilograms and is apparently new to science.
It is about five times the size of a typical city rat, says Dr Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
Originally posted by michial
I remember when I was in a band in Richmond ,B.C. living in the band house. I got up one morning and looked out the second story window to see a huge dead rat on our garage roof. It had rained heavily the night before and the rat had appeared overnight. None of us ever figured out how it had gotten there. It appeared to have drowned.