New species of giant rat discovered is so big it can crack coconuts with its teeth
The possum-like rat, Uromys vika, was believed to be mythical until it was discovered in Winfield, Illinois last month after seven years of searching Pacific islands.
BY MARK WAGHORN
An illustration shows the new species of giant rat, the Uromys vika (Image: The Field Museum / SWNS.com)
A new species of giant rat has been discovered in suburban Chicago which is so strong it can crack open coconuts with its teeth.
Measuring one-and-a-half feet long and weighing more than a kilo (2lbs), it is five times bigger than
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