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(NPR)   Rats as big as cats are outnumbering the people in Tehran despite a poisoning campaign launched 13 years ago. Iran's solution? Deploy the snipers   (npr.org ) divider line
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2013-03-04 04:28:21 PM  
3 votes:
I'm skeptical.  Wikipedia lists the  Rattus pyctoris (Himalayan Rat, Turkestan Rat)  as indigenous to Iran.  There's no note of them being an exceptionally large rat.  There's no pics to corroborate Iran's claim of "cat-sized rats".

Really if you have more food laying out, you don't get giant rats, you get more rats.  Many grain silos and warehouses have been pillaged and they get to eat without limit, but they don't readily exceed the species' max size.
There are no rats this large- there's NUTRIA (coypu), which are rodents, but not RATS.  Nutria are 11-20lbs.
2013-03-04 03:48:22 PM  
2 votes:
And ten thousand people-oids split into small tribes,
coveting the highest of the sterile sky-scrappers,
like packs of dogs assaulting the
glass fronts of Love Me Avenue...
2013-03-04 03:26:18 PM  
2 votes:
Fools. Everyone already knows that the Dread Pirate Roberts is the only person who can successfully take down a ROUS.
2013-03-04 05:59:39 PM  
1 vote:

FooDog: poe_zlaw: Ive always heard of rats "the size of a dog" or "of a cat", but Ive never seen a picture of one where you could tell its size. I think the uber large urban rodent outside of Princess Bride and the capybara are a myth.

Ive seen New York rats. Big? yes, but not nearly as big as a dog or a cat-- unless the dog or cat is the exact same size as a rat.

Gambian Pouched Rat feels neglected.
[l.yimg.com image 630x422]


Huh.  You might have the answer, there.  They've already invaded Florida.

The Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), also known as the African giant pouched rat, is a nocturnal pouched rat of the giant pouched rat genus Cricetomys. It is among the largest muroids in the world, growing up to about 0.9 metres (3 ft) long including their tail which makes up half their length

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/14-horrifying-photos-of-gambian-pouch ed -rats-that

http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/other/videos/killer-aliens-gamb ia n-pouch-rat.htm
2013-03-04 05:49:00 PM  
1 vote:

Oznog: I'm skeptical.  Wikipedia lists the  Rattus pyctoris (Himalayan Rat, Turkestan Rat)  as indigenous to Iran.  There's no note of them being an exceptionally large rat.  There's no pics to corroborate Iran's claim of "cat-sized rats".

Really if you have more food laying out, you don't get giant rats, you get more rats.  Many grain silos and warehouses have been pillaged and they get to eat without limit, but they don't readily exceed the species' max size.
There are no rats this large- there's NUTRIA (coypu), which are rodents, but not RATS.  Nutria are 11-20lbs.


So .... you're saying that you don't think they exist?
2013-03-04 05:47:08 PM  
1 vote:

MBooda: I'd deploy the Kzinti.
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The Kzinti would probably eat the Iranians.
2013-03-04 05:16:32 PM  
1 vote:
When I was young I used to work at a restaurant downtown, and to park in dark alleys behind the hustle and bustle of the city. Once I was going back to my car and I heard a metallic noise in the direction of the small alley between trash cans I just passed by. Then I saw the trash move a bit, something was in there. Figured it was a dog, or a big cat, or even a raccoon. Then I saw it, it was the size of a small dog, or a big kitty cat or a normal sized raccoon. Low on the ground, you have to remember it was dark. I didnt pay it too much mind, as I was used to raccoons where I lived in the suburbs.

Then i saw the tail, it was a HUGE RAT! Bigger than the one on the shoulder on this thread.

It wasnt paying me any mind, so i left him alone. Got into my car and locked the doors.

CSB.
2013-03-04 04:59:11 PM  
1 vote:

AdolfOliverPanties: FloydA: And ten thousand people-oids split into small tribes,
coveting the highest of the sterile sky-scrappers,
like packs of dogs assaulting the
glass fronts of Love Me Avenue...

Nice.  Exactly what I was thinking.


Fleas the size of rats sucked
on rats the size of cats.
And ten thousand people-oids split into small tribes


Time to call in the Diamond Dogs
2013-03-04 04:57:51 PM  
1 vote:

poe_zlaw: Ive always heard of rats "the size of a dog" or "of a cat", but Ive never seen a picture of one where you could tell its size. I think the uber large urban rodent outside of Princess Bride and the capybara are a myth.

Ive seen New York rats. Big? yes, but not nearly as big as a dog or a cat-- unless the dog or cat is the exact same size as a rat.


Gambian Pouched Rat feels neglected.
l.yimg.com
2013-03-04 04:39:36 PM  
1 vote:
Or they could bring this back and gamble on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat-baiting
2013-03-04 04:31:44 PM  
1 vote:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Persian cats too chicken?


Take on an 11-pound rat? You bet them pussies are chicken.

Also...

blog.bt-store.com
2013-03-04 04:22:16 PM  
1 vote:
They got 2,000 out of 25 million of us, huh? Looks like it's hantavirus sharing time.

Humans and their silly nuclear weapons...
2013-03-04 04:18:53 PM  
1 vote:
sortingoutscience.net
Rodents of Unusual Size?
I don't think they exist.
2013-03-04 04:10:29 PM  
1 vote:
This just sounds like a weak excuse for the sounds of gunfire ringing out in the city.

CRACK-OOM

"Hey, did you hear that?"

"Oh, the gunshot? Yes, that was a sniper?"

"Sniper!?! Are they shooting at us?"

"Oh, Allah forbid, no. They are shooting at... uh... rats. Yes, rats."
2013-03-04 04:01:19 PM  
1 vote:
All the better to hunt the Maus.

www.history.ucsb.edu
2013-03-04 03:54:20 PM  
1 vote:

FloydA: And ten thousand people-oids split into small tribes,
coveting the highest of the sterile sky-scrappers,
like packs of dogs assaulting the
glass fronts of Love Me Avenue...


Nice.  Exactly what I was thinking.
2013-03-04 03:31:04 PM  
1 vote:
Also:

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