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Elusive, unusually large tree-dwelling rodent discovered in the Solomon Islands

And they're already in trouble.
vika in a tree

An illustration of Uromys vika in its native habitat.

Velizar Simeonovski, The Field Museum

Shut up Westley. Rodents of Unusual Size absolutely do exist.

Rodents get a . We see them as sly, creepy, disease-carrying vermin. So news about them doesn't always come well received. Let's just say, you've been warned. In a out this week in the , researchers say they've discovered a new species of rat that's a foot and a half long and nearly triple the weight of a common black rat.

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