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Big 1.5-foot-long rat that may crack open coconuts photographed for 1st time on distant island

On the time of its discovery, the Vangunu large rat (Uromys vika) was the primary new species of rodent described from the Solomon Islands in over 80 years. (Picture credit score: Courtesy of Dr Tyrone Lavery)

The primary ever photos of the Vangunu large rat, an elusive rodent that may develop as much as 1.5 ft lengthy and is thought from solely a single specimen that fell out of a tree six years in the past, have been recorded by researchers within the Solomon Islands.

Utilizing digital camera traps and a very tasty lure, the group snapped footage of 4 rodents a minimum of twice the scale of frequent rats scurrying across the forest flooring on the Solomon Islands, an archipelago northeast of Australia within the Pacific Ocean. 

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