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  • Found, giant rat that cracks open coconuts with its teeth: 18-inch long rodent [tr]

    09/27/2017 5:57:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 26, 2017 | Victoria Allen
    f you're scared of rats, you may want to look away now. For scientists have identified one of the largest species in the world – and it can crack open coconuts with its bare teeth. The giant rat – named Uromys vika – is a foot-and-a-half long and weighs up to two pounds. It nests up to 30ft high in trees in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. However only one has been found, and it died shortly after capture. The animal is more than four times the size of British black rats, which grow no more than ten...
  • The price of Rat meat goes up in Thailand

    08/17/2017 5:06:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies
    Living Thai ^ | Not Specified | Editorial staff
    The price of Rat meat goes up in Thailand I rarely copy a news story but a story about eating rats I can't pass up. This story from PDN about the price of rat meat in Phitsanulok. Before you think that's it's only poor farmers eating rats, the cost of rat meat is double that of chicken and pork. This lady says it costs 250 baht a kilogram for a big rodent, not that i'm noting to buy a whole kilo of it! Still I've eaten rat meat and although I prefer fried frog, fried rat isn't too bad...
  • Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

    08/14/2017 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.azfamily.com ^ | Updated: Aug 14, 2017 3:30 AM CST | Staff
    TAYLOR, Ariz. (3TV/CBS5) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague -- the infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages. The fleas in Navajo County were found near the town of Taylor. Health officials have notified the residents whose property will be treated. The area...
  • Lawmaker Says Rats Are Jumping Into Strollers In Upper West Side Parks [video at link]

    08/09/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 99 replies
    WCBS New York ^ | 9 Aug 2017 | John Montone
    Hungry rodents are apparently menacing parents, nannies and babies on the Upper West Side. There are about 2 million rats in New York City, and some have settled in Central Park and Riverside Park.
  • The Squirrel Grenade (EXTREMELY funny article)

    01/18/2004 4:03:57 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 222 replies · 24,516+ views
    pvpforums.com ^ | Jan 18, 2004 | by T-Duck
    I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and more sheer data processing than nearly any other common activity or sport. The reactions and accurate decision making abilities needed have been likened to the reactions of fighter pilots! The consequences of bad decisions or poor situational awareness are pretty much the same for both groups too. Occasionally, as a rider I have caught myself starting to make bad or late decisions while riding. In flight training, my instructors called this being "behind the power...
  • Monster Rat found on U Street [DC]

    07/24/2017 2:40:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.popville.com ^ | July 24, 2017 at 11:00 am | by Prince Of Petworth
    Photo by Pat Pat sends us a shot of this monster Friday night: “Check this bad boy out. Found on U Street today.” Ed. Note: I will never ever ever complain about wild bunny rabbits again.
  • 2 more plague cases reported in New Mexico's Santa Fe County (Rodent-Fleas->Pets)

    06/27/2017 4:14:01 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    kob.com ^ | 6/26/17 | associated Press
    State public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad said plague can be present in fleas that infest wild rodents in Santa Fe County, including within the city limits of Santa Fe and in other locations around New Mexico. "Pets that are allowed to roam and hunt can bring infected fleas from dead rodents back into the home, putting you and your children at risk," he said. Health workers are conducted environmental investigations around the homes of the three patients to look for ongoing risk and to ensure the safety of the immediate family members and neighbors."
  • It took four years lying underwater to get a perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver

    05/26/2017 7:08:51 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 79 replies
    boingboing.net ^ | 5/24/17 | Andrea James
    For four years, photographer Louis-Marie Preau would lie motionless underwater for hours at a time to get this perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver carrying a branch back to its lodge. Equally as impressive as Preau's efforts were the efforts to pull these delightful creatures back from near extinction. Via bioGraphic: Prized for both their fur and their castoreum—a scent-gland secretion once believed to cure everything from headaches to hysteria, Eurasian beavers were nearly hunted to extinction by the middle of the 19th century. In France, the species (Castor fiber) was nearly wiped out entirely, with the exception of a...
  • Rare Rat Virus Infects 2 People In Wisconsin

    01/19/2017 5:00:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/19/17 | AP
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials are investigating how a rare rat virus called the Seoul virus infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says all eight people had direct contact with rats at Illinois and Wisconsin ratteries, which are rat-breeding facilities.
  • Rampaging squirrel hurts people at retirement home

    11/04/2016 12:56:03 PM PDT · by aomagrat · 51 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 04 November 2016 | WKMG
    DELTONA, FL (WKMG/CNN) - A squirrel got into a retirement home, injuring at least three people and prompting a call to 911 on Thursday. "It's jumping on people and biting them and scratching them," the 911 caller said. "It's still in there, and people are bleeding." People can be heard in the background asking each other if they are all right. The attack happened around 2 p.m., the woman telling dispatch people are bleeding and need help. "I don' t know if we need an ambulance, but we need some care for people here," the 911 caller said. "The people...
  • Is Florida About to Be Swamped With Capybara?

    08/22/2016 6:54:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Motherboard ^ | August 20, 2016 | Sarah Emerson
    Capybara are real damn cute. Look at this bugger. In fact, capybara are so endearing, that some people may have been importing them to own as pets. This might explain why the 100-pound rodents, which are native to South America’s marshlands, have been showing up in places where they don’t belong. According to biologist Elizabeth Congdon, an assistant professor at Bethune-Cookman University, the state of Florida could have a serious capybara problem—and it might be the fault of exotic pet owners.
  • Drones to unleash vaccine-laced M&Ms in bid to save endangered ferrets

    07/12/2016 5:28:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 48 replies
    Guardian ^ | 7-12-16
    US Fish and Wildlife Service to target diseased prairie dogs, food for the ferrets, via specially designed drones that shoot the candies in three directions at once The US government is set to unleash drones that fire vaccine-covered M&Ms in a bid to save the endangered black-footed ferret, a species that is facing a plague epidemic across America’s great plains. The US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) has developed a plan to bombard ferret habitat in Montana with the vaccine, which will be administered via specially designed drones that will be able to shoot M&Ms in three directions simultaneously. The vaccines...
  • ‘Devastated’: scientists too late to captive breed mammal lost to climate change

    06/29/2016 7:57:20 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 91 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Jeremy Hance
    The Bramble Cay melomys has become more famous in extinction than it ever was in life. A mouse-like rodent, the melomys amazingly survived on a 3.6 hectare grass-covered cay (a low-lying island in a coral reef) in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef like a ratty Robinson Crusoe for thousands of years. There, it thrived off just a few plant species until human-caused climate change—in the form of rising sea levels and increasing inundations of sea water on the low-lying island—wiped it off the planet. But, while the extinction has been reported widely, articles have missed an important point: the scientists who...
  • Rabid Rats Disparaged, CAIR Threatens | Satire

    03/27/2016 11:24:16 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 27, 2016 | Dan Miller
    The Council Against Inhumanity to Rodents (CAIR) today announced that even though not all of the millions of Rodents on Earth are Rats, and even though not all Rats are rabid, all rats are being mercilessly disparaged due to the un-Rat actions of a few. Ratophobia must cease!(Please see also, USA Today: U.S. cities face anti-Muslim backlash and Obama Praises “Enormous” Muslim Contributions to Our Country.) Sadly, there was recently a deplorable incident in which a poor, disenfranchised Muslim woman was bitten by a rat. While hard at work in the kitchen preparing the evening meal for her beloved husband, an Islamophobic Rat...
  • How big ARE New York's rats? Researcher catches rodent three times the size of a normal beast

    03/04/2016 4:12:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2016
    How big ARE New York's rats? Researcher catches one-and-a-half pound rodent three times the size of a normal beast "...'I've caught rats all over the city, and I've seen the ones that I didn't catch. I think it's among the biggest that live in New York City,' said Matt Combs of Fordham University. [snip] One of the largest rats ever reported in New York City was a huge beast dubbed Master Splinter by the Twitter user that first posted a picture of it. The enormous rat was found in a Footlocker store in the Bronx in 2012, according to Twitter...
  • 'They're taking over!': How New York's rat problem is worse than ever - and millions are..

    10/23/2015 3:11:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 23, 2015
    When New Yorkers see something scurrying, they say something and that has brought rat complaints to the city's 311 hotline to a recent high of more than 24,000 so far this year, officials said on Thursday. 'The rats are taking over,' New York City comptroller Scott Stringer told Reuters. 'I'm a lifelong New Yorker and I've never seen it this bad... I see them on my way home, they're standing upright, they say, "Good morning, Mr Comptroller."' With more than two months of grumbling still left in 2015, rodent-related grievances were already at 24,375 as of Wednesday, said Mayor Bill...
  • Hog-Nosed Shrew Rat Is 'Exciting' New Species

    10/06/2015 12:21:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 6, 2015
    Scientists say the rat is part of an "amazing group of rodents" only found in a remote part of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia.A new species of rat has been discovered on an island in Indonesia. The previously unknown hog-nosed shrew rat (Hyorhinomys stuempkei) was found in a remote and mountainous region of Sulawesi Island located about two days' hike from the closest village. Scientists consider the rat so exceptional that they have described it not only as a new species but a new genus - a step up from the "new species" label. The rat was discovered by an international...
  • REPORT: ABORTED BABY PARTS BEING USED TO GROW HUMAN ORGANS IN RODENTS

    08/05/2015 5:01:36 PM PDT · by garjog · 80 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | August 5, 2015 | MICHELLE MOONS5 Aug 2015
    Medical researchers are growing human organs in mice by implanting dead human baby organs into rodents, a practice that stands to gain greater scrutiny in light of undercover videos exposing what appears to be Planned Parenthood affiliates selling aborted baby parts to medical procurement companies like StemExpress.
  • Researcher Finds Rare Vietnamese Rabbit

    06/08/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.updatednews.ca ^ | Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2015 | University of East Anglia
    A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Annamite Striped rabbit, found in the forests of Laos and Vietnam, was first documented by rabbit expert Dr Diana Bell and colleagues from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences in the journal Nature in 1999. It has rarely been seen since. Researcher Sarah Woodfin, who is studying for a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA, set out on a three-month expedition to track the recently-discovered rabbit and study its habitat. But she didn’t expect to see one...
  • Bees cause pandemonium as Obama reads to kids

    04/06/2015 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Joe Kovacs
    It has happened yet again. President Barack Obama has been plagued by flying insects, and this time they interrupted the commander in chief as he was reading to children Monday morning at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. As the president was reciting lines from the famous book “Where the Wild Things Are,” bees began buzzing around the kids seated on the South Lawn at the White House. “Oh no, it’s a bee!” declared Obama when some children began to scream because of the insects. “It’s OK, guys.” Obama tried to assure the children everything would be fine, saying,...