American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2011 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.


New Living Giant Rat

A new species of rat has been found in Papua New Guinea in Mount Bosavi, an extinct volcano. This giant rat measures 82cm (32.2 inches) from nose to tail and weighs 1.5kg (3.3 pounds). This true rat is tentatively being called the Bosavi woolly rat from the genus Mallomys, part of the Muridae family. This giant rat was discovered during the filming of a BBC programme Lost Land of the Volcano where scientists found many other new species of animals.

July 3, 2015