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Chinese farmers catch gigantic 5kg rat


Posted on Thursday, 3 October, 2013 | Comment icon 40 comments

Some species of rats can grow to a massive size. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Chris Barber
Ten times the size of a regular rat, the massive rodent had been terrorising villagers in Hunan Province.
Residents had suspected something was amiss when they discovered that fish were going missing from a local pond. In an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery a guard was stationed in the area to keep an eye out for signs of suspicious activity.

Instead of a human culprit however they found to their amazement that two giant rats had been sneaking in and dragging the 3kg fish out of the pond. Local farmers eventually succeeded in catching one of the creatures which was later dubbed 'Ratzilla' in honor of its size.

The massive rat weighed 5kg and measured 90cm in length, one the village elders commented that he'd never seen such a large rat in all his life. Local media outlets reported that the rat was likely to be an invasive species that had originated in the Americas and was said to be ten times the size of the rats normally found in the region.

In a final twist, villagers proceeded to celebrate the catch by cooking the rat and eating it but ended up breaking two knives just trying to cut it up due to the thickness of its bones.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (40)

Tags: Rat, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #31 Posted by SkepticalB on 5 October, 2013, 1:08
Yes, after years of being beaten up by the Ninja Turtles, youre uprising has finally begun. for real though, I dont understand the taboo of eating certain animals.
Comment icon #32 Posted by highdesert50 on 5 October, 2013, 11:05
"The mole and toad and newt and viper; And people call me the Pied Piper." Flute or not, put them in a cook's pot. We then have no rats, no mice, Rather something nice, with a bit of spice, and some rice.
Comment icon #33 Posted by ZaraKitty on 6 October, 2013, 4:29
I wish my rats would get that big.
Comment icon #34 Posted by morphiouse on 6 October, 2013, 10:06
trust me you need to see the picture of the actual rat in the news papers to really get this story. its like a dog
Comment icon #35 Posted by Frank Merton on 6 October, 2013, 10:09
Most Vietnamese don't care to eat rat; not that it is taboo but because it brings bad memories of when there was no choice.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Frank Merton on 6 October, 2013, 10:10
If you are going to eat rat, treat it as you world pork and be sure it is well cooked. The same problems come from rats as from pigs not cooked well enough.
Comment icon #37 Posted by SkepticalB on 6 October, 2013, 19:12
huh, thanks for that tidbit. but, my area doesn't have a place that would have any to sell, and i'm sure as hell not shooting and eating the sewer ones i see so, just have to keep my pipe dream of wanting to eat every species a dream
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mikko-kun on 7 October, 2013, 13:27
No B, I think you have a great dream. I love animals like family members but it's different when it's not a family member, whether human or animal During the war rat was a common meal; now of course we stick our nose in the air at such an idea. I wouldn't mind, but if rats are family members, eating them is a no. To me at least, very much so.
Comment icon #39 Posted by mfrmboy on 8 October, 2013, 18:14
Did he live in a van down by the river? No in an old house in the woods between the river and the canal.
Comment icon #40 Posted by bassai26 on 4 November, 2013, 0:55
A Rat that can kill a Cat.


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