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Now thats a Giant Rat!

 

New giant rat species discovered
LONDON, England (CNN)

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant rat in a remote rainforest in Papua New Guinea. The newly discovered rat is similar in size and weight to this one found by scientists in 2007.

The newly discovered rat is similar
in size and weight to this one found
by scientists in 2007.

Measuring 82 centimeters (32.2 inches) from nose to tail and weighing around 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds), the species is thought to be one of the largest rats ever to be found.

The discovery was made by a team from the BBC Natural History Unit inside the crater of Mount Bosavi -- an extinct volcano in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea.

"This is one of the world's largest rats. It's a true rat, the same kind you find in the city sewers," said Kristofer Helgen, a biologist from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, who was part of the expedition team.

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Comments

OMG! That is the sick. How does that compare to the one that ate my car wires?
Posted @ Monday, December 14, 2009 4:53 PM by Jennifer Speer
The ones that ate your car were Norway Rats :) and maybe 1/2 the size of this beast :)
Posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:20 PM by Fred Speer
That thing is bigger than my cat.
Posted @ Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:07 AM by Mike
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