Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines – Telegraph

The plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes.

The team of botanists, led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson, found the plant on Mount Victoria in the Philippines.

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They decided to name the plant Nepenthes attenboroughii, after the wildlife broadcaster Sir David.

Find the entire article at Telegraph.co.uk.

(Thanks to Crumpled-Wings for the heads-up on this most excellent discovery!)
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13 Responses to Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines – Telegraph

  1. Cool..it must be purposeful. Yes, we have more concrete and asphalt than we need.Feel sorry for the rat!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Great find zaxy thanks

  4. Kim Randall says:

    Wow ok this is really cool!

  5. Jaime says:

    Wow. That is so disgusting yet awesome all at the same time.

  6. Sneed says:

    Wow nature at its best!!! There must be balance…

  7. Nikko says:

    It looks so disgusting, but I love the purpose. I will adopt one. lol

  8. Anonymous says:

    will be definitely useful to control rat population

  9. SonOfZoug says:

    I’m from the Philippines and it’s so ironic I don’t even know this?! I’ve seen myself a pitcher but the smaller specie – that insect-eating one.

    This specie is interesting. If only we could really use this for rat control in our rice fields, it would be a great help to us farmers. But I think it cannot adapt into a hot, tree-less environment with only rice standing!

  10. Alex says:

    fyi.. it does not eat rats.. it eats their poop.

  11. Ladia Guerra says:

    This is definetly something to put in New York City subway stations!

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  13. andres says:

    Amazing. I’m going to have to look it up though, I’m sure there has to be more to it than just eating the rat, there has to be a toxin and a “hunting” habit to be able to hold something that (at least in my country) can claw and bite it’s way out of lead pipes

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