Rat Eating Plant Discovered In Philippines

August 19, 2009

Philippines (ChattahBox) – A carnivorous plant that is able to digest full rats using a complex acid-digestive system has been discovered on Mount Victoria.

The plant was first seen by two Christian missionaries who were climbing the mountain in 2007. They alerted two British researchers, who began searching for it a few months later.

Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson have spent the last two years studying the various species of plant, which they have dubbed Nepenthes attenboroughii, after the British wildlife broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.

“The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents. It is remarkable that it remained undiscovered until the 21st century,” McPherson was quoted by The Telegraph.

The study has been published in the Botanical Journal of Linnean Society.


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