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.


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...


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....