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.


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!)

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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