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Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines
British scientists said they have discovered a plant in the Philippines that feeds by luring and consuming rats.
Botanists Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson said the plant, dubbed Nepenthes attenboroughii after legendary wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, consumes whole rats by luring them into its mouth and dissolving them with acid-like enzymes.
The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents, McPherson told The Sun in an exclusive interview. It is remarkable that it remained undiscovered until the 21st century.
McPherson and Robinson said their team found the plant on Mount Victoria after hearing accounts of the shrub's eating habits from missionaries.
My team and I named it in honor of Sir David whose work has inspired generations toward a better understanding of the beauty and diversity of the natural world, McPherson said.
Originally posted by LogJam
How come the rats don't just eat their way through the plant walls and out to safety? Are the enzymes super-fast acting? Interesting find either way!
The families Nepenthaceae and Sarraceniaceae are the best-known and largest groups of pitcher plants. The Nepenthaceae contains a single genus, Nepenthes, containing about 120 species and numerous hybrids and cultivars.
Originally posted by metamagic
I have never failed to be impressed, surprised, amazed and totally blown away by the complexity and diversity of life. Nature just seems to keep on not wanting to stay in those nice little categories that we try to force it into.
Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
Where can I get some of these suckers? I don't have a problem with rats, but living in the country, I have mice out the wazoo when the harvest starts or it starts to get cool!
A few of these suckers could stay fat and happy!