American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2012 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.


Extinct Giant Rat

Archaeologists have discovered in a cave in East Timor, southeast Asia, the biggest rat that ever lived. This rat weighed approximately 6kg (13.2 pounds) and lived 1000 to 2000 years ago. The cave where this biggest rat was found held a total of 13 species of rodents, 11 of which are new to science, and 8 of those weighed a kilogram (2.2 pounds) or more. Of those found, only one of the smaller species is known to still survive.

July 21, 2015