posted on Jun, 23 2010 @ 08:26 AM
For those people phobic about rats, the Rat King would seem like the ultimate embodiement of evil. It is astonishing that this phenomena actually
exists and their creation is an enduring mystery.
The rat king is a term used to describe a group of rats (numbering between just a few to a few dozen) who have become inexplicably and permanently
tangled together by their tails.
Here is a mummified rat king from Germany:
These squeaking, quivering heaps are very rarely found but in some countries they are considered a portent of disease and disaster.
My interest in the subject started only recently when a builder friend of mine related a tale of a grim discovery to me.
He was renovating a shop for a company here in the UK when he came across an unusual mound of decaying rat corpses. He reported that there were about
10 or 12 carcasses in all. He was convinced that he had stumbled upon an 'Elephants graveyard' of rats - a place where rats go to die.
Perhaps he was right or perhaps the dead rats were left there by some pest controller. Either way, he was so offended by his find that he was
immediately obliged to shovel the whole lot into a plastic bag and heave it into a skip!
Im not saying that what he found was a rat king, as i have said they are extremely rare, but it is a remote possibility and it made me think of what
could create these monstrous formations.
Looking at a picture of a rats nest, perhaps an answer makes itself obvious:
Could it be that in the cramped environment of the nest the rats tails twist and knot together sealing the fate of the creatures, forever linking them
- literally from the cradle to the grave?
Nobody knows the answer to this. A flaw in this theory exists in that the rats still need to eat and drink. Are they sustained by other rats? Do they
crawl across the floor in clumsy unison looking for food and water?
Whatever the explanation, to find a live rat king - wallowing and hopping about in a soup of their own excreta would not be pleasant im sure!
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? If so, i dont envy you!