Monday, December 17, 2007

Fearless Giant Rats of Indonesia

(Photo by lensjockey at Flickr.)

Deep in the jungles of Indonesia is a place so remote, so untouched by mankind that it's known as the "Lost World." In 2006, the first scientific expedition to reach this pristine land discovered a wealth of new species that had never been seen by human eyes.

The latest expedition, however, turned up something even more unexpected--GIANT RATS. According to this brief article, the rats that inhabit Indonesia's lost world are 5 TIMES LARGER than city rats and unafraid of humans. One apparently took a liking to the scientists and would show up in their camp from time to time.

In other enormous rodent news, it seems that another variety of giant "rats" may be invading New Jersey. Click here for more.

UPDATE: The giant rat of Indonesia below!


Blogger Spring said...


2:15 PM  
Blogger theatre said...

ditttttto. I saw that picture and jumped--my ghetto computer screen helps too making it all creepy looking, or more so

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:25 PM  
Anonymous ((S)) said...

Eek! That'll give me nightmares. Even more so than SHC. I love this blog. It has the strangest, most random pieces of information ever.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

please, i am begging you, save the wolves! In alaska, the government wants hunters to be able to shoot wolves from airplanes until their to exausted to move, land the plane and the shoot the injured animal. as well as this being completely unethical, this is scientifically bogyus! The hunters say the wolves provide competition for big game prey! honestly, go to a grocery store, get help, or examine the facts! the injured aniomal is completely overwelmed, overpowered and defenceless at a huge metal structure far off the ground, the agony must be unbelievable! ananka, i know that all people have different opinions but i am begging you, please post this!

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Maddi said...

ahhh! thats soooo creepy! i hope i never come across one that large!
i take that back: i hope i never come across a rat, period.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

GW007: It sounds like a very good cause. Do you have a URL we can look at --or a place we can write into?

9:39 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

thanks for posting ananka!
For a well rounded, fairly unemotional approach on why aerial hunting is not a solution go to:
for what you can do go to:
you can also write to your congress man i don't know if this will help but, it's worth a try, also, spread the word, if youy ave a blog, maybe do an article, just please , lets stop this awful form of "hunting"!

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i hope they can do something with the nutria, but i hope they kep a few in captivity so that when we find out they were actually saving the earth, we havent killed them all, why do we humans always screw up/ Gw007 i hope the can stop the aeril hunting

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Lara said...

hey ananka??? have u heard of the Williamson tunnels in Liverpool, England??? i used to live around there so i kno a lot about them. i have never been down there, tho.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

LARA: Yes! I'm very interested. Would you like to write a post about them? If not, make sure you tell me what you know, and I'll write one!

3:03 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

That thing about the wolves in Alaska is terrible!
But, those wolves DO live a better life than animals (cows, chickens, sheep) that are raised completely in a meat farm that raises htem in packed cages and then kills them all off before they've had a life. (major run-on) Or the poor weasels and minks who have their skin peeled/shaved off alive.
Just to leave you with joyous thoughts...

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Lara said...

Do u have an email address, ananka??
i tried to look for it on your website but i couldnt find it.
PS i got ur new book from the library today, i cant wait to start it!!

8:22 PM  
Blogger ookamishinzui said...

it is sooo sad(about the wolves) I love them SOOOO much they are my favorite animal (ookami=wolf in japanese)STOP HUNTING WOLVES!!!! I mean what did they do to you??? I know they hunt, but like every animal (INCLUDING humans) needs food.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous hania said...

Imagine being chased by one or finding one at home. A very disturbing thought. I wouldn't mind it too much it it was minus the teeth. I'd actually like to pet it and prehaps cuddle it.( I know I sound crazy now!)Either way, it's an amazing discovery.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...


8:54 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

The rat's kinda cute.. I wonder if the rats of Shadow City's bigger or those. And the poor wolves. :`( Why are those people soo mean? I love wolves!!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

I saw a thing in the newspaper about those, with the same picture even!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Bohae said...

WAHH!!!! I'm IN Indonesia right now...a resident! Nooo!!!!! I've seen ONE huge rat here so far...but nothing like that in the PICTURE....*sniffles from shock*

11:24 PM  

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