New giant rat discovered in New Guinea

This is not science fiction, just brave yourselves for the photo below:

Giant Rat

The huge-ass rat was discovered in the remote Foja Mountains of western New Guinea, Indonesia last June 2007. It’s shown in the photo with Mammal expert Martua Sinaga holding the 3-pound rat that they say is a new species to science.

It’s as big as a city cat and as according to the scientists who found it, were not shy or afraid of humans as it visited their camp many times.

Perhaps those scientists should visit the slums of Manila as I’ve seen sewer rats bigger than house cats criss-crossing the street or doing high-wire acts as they run along power cable lines at night!

For more newly discovered wildlife check out this page from the National Geographic website.

*Photograph by Bruce M. Beehler/Conservation International

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