Gi­ant rat dis­cov­ered

The Weekend Post - - World -

PEO­PLE liv­ing on the Solomon Is­lands had spo­ken of a big, tree-dwelling rat called vika that in­hab­ited the rain­for­est, but the re­mark­able ro­dent man­aged to elude sci­en­tists – un­til now.

Af­ter search­ing for it for years with cam­eras mounted in trees and traps, sci­en­tists said they fi­nally caught up with the rat on Van­gunu Is­land, part of the Solomon Is­lands, spot­ting one as it emerged from a tree felled by log­gers.

The vika weighs about four times more than an or­di­nary rat and mea­sures about half-ame­tre long.

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