Cawthron’s rats grow as big as cats

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A dead rat at the Cawthron’s Aquaculture park at The Glen is the biggest staff there have ever trapped.

Staff member Ellie Watts has just bought another 20 rat and stoat traps for the park after she received some funding from the Cawthron Trust. She says since they went in they’ve been catching more rats than ever but one found last week was also the biggest they’ve ever trapped. “When I saw it in there I thought ‘what is that’ and I couldn’t believe it was a rat.”

The rat wasn’t weighed but Ellie says it was heavy and as big as a cat. The traps have also been catching stoats and feral cats.