Chinese farmers capture metre-long 5kg rat that had been terrorising villagers and break two knives trying to cut it up to eat
The monstrous rodent, weighing ten times that of the average rat, had been terrorising villagers in Shaoyang, China
It was first spotted devouring 3kg fish whole from a local pond
Farmers broke two knives trying to cut the rat up to eat
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The coypu (from the Mapudungun, koypu), (Myocastor coypus), also known as the river rat,  and nutria, is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers. Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.
Three distinguishing features are a white patch on the muzzle, webbed hind feet, and large, bright orange-yellow incisors.