I couldn’t eek out another word in my current WIP the other night. So, I did what I rarely do – curl up on the couch and flip channels. I came across a show on Animal Planet on giant rats. Being the horror fan that I am, I watched. Hey, anything for a little research on the creepy, right? I’m not squeamish when it comes to rodents, but I have to say the show caught my attention.
Apparently, there are two non-native species of rat that are invading certain areas of the country. One, Nutrias, have nasty tempers and grow to be around 25 pounds! They mostly dwell in New Orleans. If you click on the link, you also see that some consider the rat a tasty dinner.
The second rat, a Gambian Pouch rat, grows to around 8 pounds. Currently, they’re running loose on Grass Key in Florida, but they’ve recently been spotted as far as New Jersey.
How’s that for creep factor? Giant rats.