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Originally posted by Silver Star
reply to post by Afterthought
It does have a bit of an urban myth quality to it. You could be right.
I dont discount the possibility of it being real though, so i think i'll try and dig up some more info.
The earliest report of rat kings comes from 1564. With the displacement of the black rat by the brown rat in the 18th century, the phenomenon has died down. For instance, since the beginning of the 20th century, there have been fewer sightings of rat kings, the most recent find dating from April 10, 1986, and comes from a French discovery in the Vendée.
The "rat king" arises particularly in the black rat (Rattus rattus). The only find involving sawah rats (Rattus rattus brevicaudatus) occurred on March 23, 1918, in Bogor on Java, where a rat king of ten young field rats was found. Similar groupings arise occasionally in other species: in April 1929, a group of young forest mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) was discovered in Holstein, and there continue to exist reports of squirrel kings, of which the Zoological Institute of the University of Hamburg allegedly have a specimen.
Originally posted by Afterthought
More info would be great.
On the basis of the data presented above, the following conclusions may be
1. Estonian finds support the hypothesis that the rat kings knot is created after the rat tails are glued or frozen together at least two kings out of three were found in very cold winters.
2. Analysis of the worldwide geography of rat kings finds demonstrates that with one exception (Java) they occur in the regions where two factors coincide: cold winters and the presence of the black rat.
3. Estonian finds suggest that the occurrence of rat kings may be more frequent than presumed. Not all rat kings that arise are found by people, and not all finds are reflected in the press, much less in scientific papers.
Originally posted by Alxandro
What a horrible way to go.
The harder you try to escape, the tighter the knot gets.
Maybe someone from India can chime in, they really love rats in India.