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A carnivorous pitcher plant big enough to gobble up rats has been named in honor of British TV naturalist David Attenborough.
"It's just a compliment," Attenborough told The Times of London, "but it's very nice to receive compliments."
The plant, discovered on the Philippine island of Palawan during a 2007 scientific expedition and now dubbed Nepenthes attenboroughii, is not so nice: Rodents and insects that fall into the "pitcher" can be trapped and slowly consumed by its flesh-eating enzymes. That ability has led some headline-writers to dub the plant a "Venus Rat-Trap."