Giant Rat Caught in China

By | February 20, 2009

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.

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., 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.

via Giant rat caught in China – Telegraph.

The top picture is the one caught recently. The lower picture is another I found searching for “Sumatra giant rat” on Google.  Do you think they are the same animal?

3 thoughts on “Giant Rat Caught in China

  1. jenny

    Honestly I think that is very gross when some man just grabs it with bare hands!!How about if it had an illness that could cause deaf.Well my question is will it cause any sickness or illness to people?

  2. Rachael

    Yes, well, it helps to be chinese. If they’re fine eating rotten duck eggs and grubs, I’m sure they’re fine picking up a giant, deformed rat.

  3. Keith

    The two responses demonstrate a great deal of ignorance. These are not your typical Norway rat. The bamboo rat, as its name implies, lives in tropical or semi-tropical jungle and eats bamboo. Our common rats will eat almost anything and breed like, well, rats. What creatures pass around the most disease/s. Probably people.

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