The Bizarre Bamboo Farm

Posted by M ws On Friday, January 25, 2013 0 comments
Recently, Matt Black of Daily Mail wrote an article on bizarre bamboo rat farms in China. No kidding! Read the following excerpt and then click on the link to view the photographic evidence.

  • Shi Beidan has 2,000 bamboo rats that she plans to sell at market
  • She is fattening them up with bamboo to be eaten or turned into fur coats
  • Cash-strapped farmers in Guizhou Province are breeding rats for income
  • They can grow up to 50 centimetres in length and four kilograms in weight
  • Rat meat costs four times more than chicken or pork and twice that of beef
  • It is also believed to cure baldness in some parts of China

When Shi Beidan spotted a rat the size of a small dog scuttling across her kitchen floor, the last thing she wanted to do was call in the exterminators.

Instead she caught the rodent, gave it a lunch of bamboo and put it in a box to breed more.
She now has more than 2,000 giant bamboo rats at her home in Congjiang, in southwest China's Guizhou Province, all of which she is fattening up to sell at market.


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