From the page: Strange new rodent discovered as Asian snack

A weird species of rodent, totally new to science, has been discovered on sale in a southeast Asian food market. The rock rat – or kha-nyou as it is known in Laos – is unlike any rodent seen before by scientists.

“It was for sale on a table next to some vegetables,” says conservation biologist Robert Timmins, “And I knew immediately it was something I had never seen before.” People in the Khammouan region of Laos know of the species, and prepare it by roasting it on a skewer, says Timmins, of the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in New York City, US.

Image hosted by