Mouse-Eating Plants

Yes, you read that heading right. Mouse-eating plant, not plant-eating mouse.

Redfern Natural History writes

New species discovered in the Phillipines!

During 2007, Alastair Robinson, Stewart McPherson and Volker Heinrich encountered a truly remarkable, giant new species of pitcher plant in the Philippines. This new plant is considered to be one of the largest of its kind, and has been named Nepenthes attenboroughii in honor of Sir David Attenborough.

This is a very cute picture, until you realize that this mouse really is lunch.

This link at CBS shows a lot of the pictures McPherson took, along with explanations.  The BBC “Earth News” articles gives more information about the expedition and pitcher plants in general.  Here you can learn a bit about the pitcher plant, and other carnivorous plants in general.

The world is a scary place at times . . . not just in the bad parts of town.

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