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Giant Rat Species Found in Indonesia

 
 
Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:02 pm
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:07 pm
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Walter Hinteler wrote:
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December 17, 2007—Mammal expert Martua Sinaga holds a 3-pound (1.4-kilogram) rat that may be a species new to science. The rat was found in the remote Foja Mountains of western New Guinea, Indonesia, on a June 2007 expedition, experts announced yesterday.

Researchers from Conservation International and the Indonesia Institute of Science had previously discovered several new species of plants and animals during a trip to the pristine rain forest region in 2005.

When the team returned to the Fojas this summer, they found the rat along with a pygmy possum that could also be a previously unrecorded species.

"The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat," Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., said in a press statement. "With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip."
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ROOOOOOOOOOOGER!!!!!!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:16 pm
Re: Giant Rat Species Found in Indonesia
dlowan wrote:
ROOOOOOOOOOOGER!!!!!!


I would never have done that, you ... you ... hare.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:36 pm
Re: Giant Rat Species Found in Indonesia
Walter Hinteler wrote:
dlowan wrote:
ROOOOOOOOOOOGER!!!!!!


I would never have done that, you ... you ... hare.



That rat is seriously CUTE!!!!

I want one.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:41 pm
Of course it's cute. It's a rat, isn't it?

Wait two weeks, and check your mail, Deb.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 04:44 pm
Nothing like mailing somebody a box with a giant rat in it to say you care.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:07 pm
kickycan wrote:
Nothing like mailing somebody a box with a giant rat in it to say you care.




Shocked
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:13 pm
Two weeks in a mailing package and you'd have one irritated Rat..
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:45 pm
our rodents in this hemisphere would kick this guys ass.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:59 pm
farmerman wrote:
our rodents in this hemisphere would kick this guys ass.


Probably so.

That rat looks like a gentle, pastoral creature......not up to life in the rat race.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 06:09 pm
Perhaps he has a future at A2K. More power in those legs than in the hamsters'.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 11:40 pm
jespah wrote:
Perhaps he has a future at A2K. More power in those legs than in the hamsters'.




NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 03:40 am
She took that well dont you think?
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 03:53 am
you guys are so gullible. Its not a real rat.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 05:05 am
Steve 41oo wrote:
you guys are so gullible. Its not a real rat.


Isn't it? By golly i really was sucked in, chewed up and spat out wasn't I.




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The term "rat" is also used in the names of other small mammals which are not true rats. Examples include the North American pack rats, a number of species loosely called kangaroo rats, and others. Rats such as the Bandicoot rat Bandicota bengalensis are murine rodents related to true rats, but are not members of the genus Rattus. The widely distributed and problematic commensal species of rats are a minority in this diverse genus. Many species of rats are island endemics and some have become endangered due to habitat loss or competition with the Brown, Black or Polynesian rat.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 05:31 am
dadpad wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
you guys are so gullible. Its not a real rat.


Isn't it? By golly i really was sucked in, chewed up and spat out wasn't I.


no its a glove puppet. He's got his hand up its ass.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 05:32 am
Steve 41oo wrote:
dadpad wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
you guys are so gullible. Its not a real rat.


Isn't it? By golly i really was sucked in, chewed up and spat out wasn't I.


no its a glove puppet. He's got his hand up its ass.


isn't
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 05:32 am
Well, I'm not one to judge their particular relationship.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 05:54 am
dlowan wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
dadpad wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
you guys are so gullible. Its not a real rat.


Isn't it? By golly i really was sucked in, chewed up and spat out wasn't I.


no its a glove puppet. He's got his hand up its ass.


isn't
come on would you do that to a rat that big if it was real?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 07:04 am
Steve 41oo wrote:
dlowan wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
dadpad wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
you guys are so gullible. Its not a real rat.


Isn't it? By golly i really was sucked in, chewed up and spat out wasn't I.


no its a glove puppet. He's got his hand up its ass.


isn't
come on would you do that to a rat that big if it was real?


Yes.
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