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A big trap

97000-mousetrapI like most animals, but there are a few I’m not crazy about. They include centipedes, any snake that is near me and not behind glass at a zoo, creepy armadillos and opossums. So I’m glad I wasn’t around millions of years ago when a giant rat species called Josephoartigasia monesi roamed the earth.

Scientists recently discovered the one-ton “fossil rat” in South America, and according to National Geographic, the prehistoric, bull-size creature is the world’s largest recorded rodent. They estimate he weighed 2,200 pounds, a lot more than the world’s largest living rodent, the capybara, also found in South America.

I wonder how much cheese he could put away. . .

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