Giant Rat Caught in China

A six-pound rat was caught in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. The ratcatcher is Mr. Xian, who grabbed the rat after he saw a crowd gathered around it.
He told local Chinese newspapers that he thought the rat might be a valuable specimen, or a rare species, and had to muster up his courage before grabbing its tail and picking it up by the scruff of its neck.

"I did it, I caught a rat the size of a cat!" he shouted out afterwards, according to the reports. Mr Xian is believed to still be in possession of the animal, after stuffing into a bag and departing the scene.

The rat had a 12-inch tail and teeth and inch long! Forestry officials who saw pictures think it's a Chinese bamboo rat, which rarely grow over ten inches long, but cannot be sure until they examine the rat itself. Link -via Arbroath

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I'm almost positive that this is a nutria. It has webbed hind feet, orange incisors, white patch around its muzzle, and it's about the right size. They are commonly raised by fur farmers in China and are feral in Thailand.
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1. I might be playing too many MMOs, but that's NOT a giant rat.

2. I don't think they've been to NYC. That's a medium sized young street rat/
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