"Ratzilla" caught in Stockholm family home -- giant 16" rat

Welp. They say you always have one not farther away than 6 feet from you. Hopefully most won’t be this size!

Giant rat caught in a Stockholm kitchen. The animal was 40 cm (roughly 16") long --not counting the tail-- and weighed more than 1 kilo (2.2 lbs give or take). The bloody thing apparently chewed through wood and concrete to enter the space under the sink in the kitchen.

BBC news article here. Be warned – If you are scared of rats (or, generally, of any rodent of any type), do NOT click on that link. There are photos. Link protected under a spoiler tag

My opinion? Ahem…


Basically that shudder

Man the turtles are gonna be pissed.

Man, that’s 12 hit points and +4 Grapple. Hope they had something better than Leather Shield.

I wonder if there are any fire swamps nearby.

Peter: So the guy takes the dog into the vet. And the freakin’ vet tells him, get this, “It’s not a dog. It’s a rat.” A big, stinkin’ Mexican rat. True story.

Meg: Dad, that’s just an urban legend. **

Peter**: Hand to God. I’m telling you, it was a huge freakin’ rat. Five times as big as that guy’s steak.

Lois: Oh, Peter, that rat gets bigger every time you tell this story!

I knew I’d be too late for the rodents-of-unusual-size joke…

From the article:

And I hate to say it, but the older son looks a bit rattish to me. I’d keep an eye on him. Don’t want a Willard situation.

Big for a rat maybe but those pics are forced perspective.

ETA, link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_perspective

However, scientists do believe they (rats) could eventually grow into the size of sheep, Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, of the University of Leicester in the UK, recently told the BBC.

There already are “rats” that size.
They are called capybaras and they live in South America.

Think that rat’s big? Imagine the size of the cat that caught it!

The whole ordeal seems to have taken a particularly high toll on poor Justus. Yikes.

Norway rats don’t get that big, my first thought is that it must be one of those African pouched rats that have been making their way into the pet trade.

Yeah, but nothing takes out a giant Swedish rat like a whack with a big ol’ PC.

One large, medium rare rat burger, please. With cheese. Rat burgers just squeel for cheese.

Would you like flies with that?

I wish they’d play Food Of The Gods on TV.

I agree.

It looks to be some type of pouched rat or perhaps a hybrid. A rat that large would be vulnerable to stray dogs, as well as raccoons,larger birds of prey and other wild life. There aren’t many evolutionary advantages to being large.

I love the part about the family cat avoiding the kitchen. I can just see it.

Cat enters stage left, humming “How I love them mousies, mousies what I love to eat”, spies Ratzilla: "YARRRGGHHH!!!"

But what a beautiful kitty though!

Anybody know what breed it might be?

Not quite. The rat cage is probably a good eight feet away, on the other side of the room. :smiley:

I’m going to show this to the next person who goes wide-eyed and asks me how my pets get to be so big. I keep a few critters around for company, and my (pudgy, lazy, spoiled) boys usually weigh about a pound, which is apparently huge for domesticated rats. You can still scoop them up with one hand, but you’ll get rat feet leaking out of your grip in all directions.

(My internal reference for what a kilogram feels like, in fact, is now “two rats smashed into a Kleenex box”. You can get three of them into the average cereal box, if you don’t care what shape the box is when they’re done.)

They might just about hit 16" long if you include the tail, but I’ve never had one that long plus tail. Are they sure that thing isn’t a well-traveled capybara? Brr.

Definitely looks like a Cornish Rex.