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Giant Rat Discovered in Indonesia Jungle
San Francisco Chronicle ^
Posted on 12/17/2007 10:22:34 PM PST by TFFKAMM
(12-17) 21:46 PST JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Researchers in a remote Indonesian jungle have discovered a giant rat that is about five times the size of a typical city rat and a tiny possum, scientists said Monday.
Unearthing new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare. The discoveries by a team of American and Indonesian scientists are being studied further to confirm their status.
The animals were found in the Foja mountains rainforest in eastern Papua province in a June expedition, said U.S.-based Conservation International, which organized the trip in the Southeast Asian nation along with the Indonesian Institute of Science.
"The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat," said Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. "With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip."
The possum was described as "one of the world's smallest marsupials."
A 2006 expedition to the same stretch of jungle dubbed by Conservation International as a "Lost World" because until then humans had rarely visited it unearthed scores of exotic new species of palms, butterflies and palms....
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
KEYWORDS: cryptozoology; giantrat; indonesia; opossum; rat
posted on 12/17/2007 10:22:37 PM PST
posted on 12/17/2007 10:25:19 PM PST
Heck we've got some of the same but larger 2 legged critters here in the USA, and they are mostly DemocRATS!!!
And they just love to feed off the taxpayers money and just crap on the country and the President in return.
posted on 12/17/2007 10:26:24 PM PST
I wanted to be the first to post a fat dem but you beat me to it.
A rodent of unusual size?
Giant Rats (5): AC 7; MV 12 (Sw 6); HD ½; hp 3,4,4,2,2; THAC0 20; #AT 1; Dmg/AT 1-3 (Bite); Size T (2'); SA Disease SD None; XP 15. Anyone bitten by a giant rat has a 5% chance of contracting a debilitating disease. Those who save vs. poison are not affected.
"Roll for initiative"
posted on 12/17/2007 10:28:26 PM PST
(Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
posted on 12/17/2007 10:28:29 PM PST
(An investigative journalist is one who uses spellcheck.)
Ssshhhh... Be vewy vewy quiet.
posted on 12/17/2007 10:28:37 PM PST
Anybody know if Ted Kennedy was missing?
posted on 12/17/2007 10:31:18 PM PST
(Never forget Matt Maupin)
Exactly who I pictured in my Naddled brain! LOL
posted on 12/17/2007 10:33:03 PM PST
("America ... Where are you now?" --Greg Adams--Brownsville, TX --On the other Front Line)
Al Gore got lost on his way home from Bali?
posted on 12/17/2007 10:38:46 PM PST
What the heck were Bill and Hillary doing in Indonesia?
posted on 12/17/2007 10:42:57 PM PST
ROUS’s? Their a myth! Aaaargh
posted on 12/17/2007 10:52:52 PM PST
("I don't apologize for the United States of America," -Fred D Thompson)
There was one on almost every talking head show this weekend too.
posted on 12/17/2007 11:05:28 PM PST
(California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
Perhaps there are fire swamps around there.
posted on 12/17/2007 11:13:15 PM PST
(Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
posted on 12/17/2007 11:15:34 PM PST
by atomic conspiracy
(Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
Giant water 'rat?
posted on 12/17/2007 11:19:31 PM PST
(Democrats lie because they have to)
Yuphmmm let's see . five times a normal city rat.
that would be mabye the size of Paris Hilton's little dog.
Half a hit die. That sounds pretty close.
posted on 12/17/2007 11:20:01 PM PST
( Celebrate Sept.8 as Pajamatag , the day the pajamahadeem busted Dan Rather!!)
good g-d! dousing eyes with water! “cant see! eyes are burning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
only 5x the size of a city rat?? That is only big, maybe large, but not giant... we have giant rats here in Arizona that go 65+ lbs, they are called Javelina
That’s it? In my neighborhood in Detroit that would be the runt of the litter!
posted on 12/17/2007 11:41:35 PM PST
“What the heck were Bill and Hillary doing in Indonesia?”
Trying out her new “Hell-o-copter”.
posted on 12/17/2007 11:44:33 PM PST
(Just saying what 'they' won't.)
What was Ted Kennedy doing in the jungle ?
posted on 12/17/2007 11:44:52 PM PST
by KTM rider
(..dumb or dumber in 08 ....choose one)
Actually have to give Nadler credit. He’s lost a TON of weight.
posted on 12/18/2007 12:40:24 AM PST
by ASA Vet
Unearthing new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare.
Rare? Two in seven years would be about 28 or 29 in the century. Afterall that is how they do global warming "science." Or maybe it is 200 durning the century since we have at least 2 this year?
posted on 12/18/2007 12:45:25 AM PST
That's nothing. We have nastier beasts in the jungles of Congress.
posted on 12/18/2007 1:08:30 AM PST
by Bon mots
To: KTM rider
What was Ted Kennedy doing in the jungle ?
They mate this time of year
posted on 12/18/2007 1:42:35 AM PST
(Freddie T is the one for me! (c))
An apt cartoon on Obama
posted on 12/18/2007 2:36:24 AM PST
Hard to believe nobody posted this.
posted on 12/18/2007 2:47:11 AM PST
There are even bigger rats down in Congress
posted on 12/18/2007 3:28:49 AM PST
(Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
I thought Al Gore was in Bali.....
Bingo! The first thing that came to mind was the giant rat of Sumatra. Holmes never got around to telling that one to Watson.
posted on 12/18/2007 10:58:48 AM PST
It is a special species of rat...democ rat
Or maybe it was just Helen Thomas
posted on 12/18/2007 1:13:35 PM PST
by G8 Diplomat
(Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
Mammalogist Martua Sinaga holds a Mallomys giant rat that was found in the Foja Mountains in Indonesia's Papua province in this undated handout photo released to Reuters on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. Scientists believe they have found two new undocumented mammals -- a pygmy possum and a giant rat -- in the jungles of the remote mountain range, a conservation group said. It was unclear whether the rat favored Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama.
posted on 12/18/2007 1:20:06 PM PST
(May the Lord bless and keep Hillary Clinton - far away from the White House!)
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