Friday, February 08, 2008

Rat kings

Seen here is an example of a purported rat king, a giant rat beast created when many rats get their tails tangled together. Legend has it that the rats then grow together into a single creepy entity. This mummified "rat king" was discovered in 1828 in Buchheim, Germany and is currently on display at the museum Mauritianum in Altenburg, Germany.

3 comments:

Katie said...

Let me thank you advance for the nightmares that will haunt my dreams tonight after seeing this. :oP

That is one of the most revolting things I've ever heard of.

Mac said...

Katie--

You're welcome! ;-)

I'd heard of "rat kings" before but this is the first time I've seen a photo.

Very Cronenbergian!

W.M. Bear said...

If not a hoax, that is completely weird! It's almost as though the rats were trying to create a networked group mind....