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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Giant rat caught in China

The rat, which weighed six pounds and had a 12-inch tail, was caught at the weekend in a residential area of Fuzhou, a city of six million people on China's south coast.

The ratcatcher, who was only named as Mr Xian, said he swooped for the rodent after seeing a big crowd of people surrounding it on the street.

Giant rat caught in China @ strange picture

He told local Chinese newspapers that he thought the rat might be a valuable specimen, or a rare species, and had to muster up his courage before grabbing its tail and picking it up by the scruff of its neck.

"I did it, I caught a rat the size of a cat!" he shouted out afterwards, according to the reports. Mr Xian is believed to still be in possession of the animal, after stuffing into a bag and departing the scene.

The local forestry unit in the city identified the nightmarish creature as a bamboo rat from initial photographs, but said that it would need to examine the rat more closely before making a final identification.

Chinese bamboo rats rarely grow beyond ten inches and are found throughout southern China, northern Burma and Vietnam.

However, the Sumatra bamboo rat, usually found in the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan and in the Malay Peninsula can grow up to 30 inches long, including tail, and can weigh up to eight pounds.

A "Giant Rat of Sumatra" is mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes tale: The Adventure of a Sussex Vampire.

All bamboo rats are slow-moving and usually spend their time in underground burrows, feeding on bamboo. Chinese bamboo rats are often sold for meat in Chinese markets. The largest rats in the world are thought to be African giant pouched rats, which can grow up to 36 inches in length.*/www.telegraph.co.uk


12 comments:

lya said...

besarnyer .. mesti comelll

Mohammad said...

wak lu comel... kejadah tikus besar... nampak sangat kotor

Miss Hazzy said...

eeeuuuuwwww...(muntah ijau)

nizamovic said...

ni baru btl mickey mouse

askmaniss said...

omak aii....mickey mouse ker nih....

moon said...

ini mcm.. kucing aku pon larik masuk umah nie... seriauuu... mimpi ngeri... huhuhhu

pg-z said...

Ni kalau kucing lalu, mesti tikus makan kucing.. kalau kucing nak makan tikus ni mesti kucing bawa geng dia.. 3 hari makan x habis lg.. hehe

ah soon (abg soon) said...

ni tikos ke ninja turtle

Penyiasat Diraja said...

gmbaran tipu je ni..
aku penah guna helah ini,
utk mgambil gmbar ikan yg aku bjaya pancing dgn gantung hmpir dkt dgn kamera.. seolah2 hasil ikan aku dpt tu adalah besar, nk tipu member2.. hehe..

opisboi said...
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opisboi said...

goreng pun sodap...hehehehe

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