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Giant Rats Won't Die and Keep Invading Florida

Between 1999 and 2001, about eight giant Gambian pouched rats were let loose by a local exotic breeder. More than a decade later, despite multiple attempts to eradicate what Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill calls "the largest true rat in the world," the mutant critters just won't go away. reported this week that the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) had put up fliers on homes in the Grassy Key area alerting residents to be aware of the rodents, which usually weigh three to four pounds and run up to 30 (thirty!) inches in length.

After eradication efforts several years ago, the FWC believed the huge rats to be gone from South Florida as of 2010, spokeswoman Carli Segelson told New Times. But then cameras captured them reappearing in 2011.

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Ryan Cortes