Rats that eat Cats


So you wake up from a short snooze during your hike through the rainforest only to find this staring you in the face. Jeez!

From Nat’l Geo – Mammal expert Martua Sinaga holds a 3-pound (1.4-kilogram) rat that may be a species new to science. The rat was found in the remote Foja Mountains of western New Guinea, Indonesia, on a June 2007 expedition, experts announced yesterday.

When the team returned to the Fojas this summer, they found the rat along with a pygmy possum that could also be a previously unrecorded species.

“The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat,” Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., said in a press statement. “With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip.”

And I’ll just bet that whatever creatures – probably large reptiles and birds of prey – are tasked by mother nature with keeping the population of these rats in check…I’ll just bet they are disappearing species. 

A couple other beauties found on the same trek include a tree kangaroo and this lovely fruit dove.  



Full story here.

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2 Comments on “Rats that eat Cats”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    I saw a rat in Hong Kong that surely wouldn’t have to call this one boss.

  2. Shyann Says:

    do u kill thye animals

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