Blue Star

Giant Rat
By: 
Scott Sullivan
Bringing beasts that have been extinct for more than 2 million years here may be a stretch. But Douglas has seen stranger things. And we do have the open store space. Given extant specimens and advances we’ve made in cloning, there’s no reason we can’t fill downtown with attractions like these by summer. They could meet and hatch marketing strategies, if not eggs, in the Root Beer Barrel.

A new study published in the Journal of Anatomy claims the largest rodent fossil ever has been found.

This is great news for those who have long longed to learn more about giant rat-like creatures. The South American Josephoartigasia monesi is thought to have stood close to 5 feet tall, weighed 2,200 pounds and had foot-long teeth that bit with a force of 1,400 Newtons, similar to the force of a tiger bite.

We could use one of these beasts here. The next time WZZM-TV sends a news crew on a slow day to report downtown Douglas appears full of empty store fronts, we could introduce them to our new pet.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Feb. 19 Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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