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Giant Rat Discovered in Indonesia Jungle
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/17/07 | AP

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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cryptozoology; giantrat; indonesia; opossum; rat

1 posted on 12/17/2007 10:22:37 PM PST by TFFKAMM
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2 posted on 12/17/2007 10:23:56 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: pcottraux

Cryptozoology Ping


3 posted on 12/17/2007 10:25:19 PM PST by TFFKAMM
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To: TFFKAMM
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.

4 posted on 12/17/2007 10:26:24 PM PST by prophetic
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To: hole_n_one

I wanted to be the first to post a fat dem but you beat me to it.


5 posted on 12/17/2007 10:26:24 PM PST by camerakid400
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To: TFFKAMM

A rodent of unusual size?


6 posted on 12/17/2007 10:26:49 PM PST by andrew2527
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To: TFFKAMM
Wow!

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"

7 posted on 12/17/2007 10:28:26 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: andrew2527

AROUS?


8 posted on 12/17/2007 10:28:29 PM PST by ThomasThomas (An investigative journalist is one who uses spellcheck.)
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To: hole_n_one

Ssshhhh... Be vewy vewy quiet.


9 posted on 12/17/2007 10:28:37 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: TFFKAMM

Anybody know if Ted Kennedy was missing?


10 posted on 12/17/2007 10:31:18 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: hole_n_one

Exactly who I pictured in my Naddled brain! LOL


11 posted on 12/17/2007 10:33:03 PM PST by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?" --Greg Adams--Brownsville, TX --On the other Front Line)
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To: TFFKAMM

Al Gore got lost on his way home from Bali?


12 posted on 12/17/2007 10:38:46 PM PST by seowulf
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To: hole_n_one

13 posted on 12/17/2007 10:40:40 PM PST by robomatik
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To: TFFKAMM

What the heck were Bill and Hillary doing in Indonesia?


14 posted on 12/17/2007 10:42:57 PM PST by airedale ( XZ)
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To: andrew2527

ROUS’s? Their a myth! Aaaargh


15 posted on 12/17/2007 10:52:52 PM PST by Uriah_lost ("I don't apologize for the United States of America," -Fred D Thompson)
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To: TFFKAMM

There was one on almost every talking head show this weekend too.


16 posted on 12/17/2007 11:05:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
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To: Uriah_lost

Perhaps there are fire swamps around there.


17 posted on 12/17/2007 11:13:15 PM PST by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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18 posted on 12/17/2007 11:15:34 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: TFFKAMM

Giant water 'rat?
19 posted on 12/17/2007 11:19:31 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they have to)
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To: Lexinom
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.

20 posted on 12/17/2007 11:20:01 PM PST by Cheapskate ( Celebrate Sept.8 as Pajamatag , the day the pajamahadeem busted Dan Rather!!)
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To: Pharmboy

good g-d! dousing eyes with water! “cant see! eyes are burning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”


21 posted on 12/17/2007 11:29:01 PM PST by robomatik
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To: TFFKAMM

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


22 posted on 12/17/2007 11:40:41 PM PST by AzNASCARfan
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To: TFFKAMM

That’s it? In my neighborhood in Detroit that would be the runt of the litter!


23 posted on 12/17/2007 11:41:35 PM PST by gigster
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To: airedale

“What the heck were Bill and Hillary doing in Indonesia?”

Trying out her new “Hell-o-copter”.


24 posted on 12/17/2007 11:44:33 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: prophetic

What was Ted Kennedy doing in the jungle ?


25 posted on 12/17/2007 11:44:52 PM PST by KTM rider (..dumb or dumber in 08 ....choose one)
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To: hole_n_one

Actually have to give Nadler credit. He’s lost a TON of weight.


26 posted on 12/18/2007 12:21:53 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: TFFKAMM
Yesterdays version
27 posted on 12/18/2007 12:40:24 AM PST by ASA Vet
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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?
28 posted on 12/18/2007 12:45:25 AM PST by JLS
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That's nothing. We have nastier beasts in the jungles of Congress.


29 posted on 12/18/2007 1:08:30 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: KTM rider
What was Ted Kennedy doing in the jungle ?

They mate this time of year

30 posted on 12/18/2007 1:42:35 AM PST by Soliton (Freddie T is the one for me! (c))
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To: robomatik
An apt cartoon on Obama
31 posted on 12/18/2007 2:36:24 AM PST by valkyry1
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To: TFFKAMM
Hard to believe nobody posted this.



Or this.



32 posted on 12/18/2007 2:47:11 AM PST by TheMole
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To: TFFKAMM

There are even bigger rats down in Congress


33 posted on 12/18/2007 3:28:49 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: TFFKAMM

His name is Teddy.


34 posted on 12/18/2007 3:50:37 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: hole_n_one

I thought Al Gore was in Bali.....


35 posted on 12/18/2007 10:20:02 AM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: TheMole

Bingo! The first thing that came to mind was the giant rat of Sumatra. Holmes never got around to telling that one to Watson.


36 posted on 12/18/2007 10:58:48 AM PST by klgator
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To: TFFKAMM

It is a special species of rat...democ rat

Or maybe it was just Helen Thomas
37 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)
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To: TFFKAMM

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.


38 posted on 12/18/2007 1:20:06 PM PST by COBOL2Java (May the Lord bless and keep Hillary Clinton - far away from the White House!)
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