Claire Cardwell en beBee in English Owner • Blue Designs Architectural Designers 6/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +300

Cane Rats aka Grass Cutters - would you eat them?

Cane Rats aka Grass Cutters - would you eat them?Photo Credit - Omoragbo Grasscutter Farming

I first came across Cane Rats and 'Cane Rat Burgers' on my way back from a trip to Mozambique in 2001.  It was early evening and at the road sides there were young men waving what could only be described as 'road kill on a stick' at us as we passed.

Cane Rats aka Grass Cutters - would you eat them?


The Greater Cane Rat  (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of two species of Cane Rats.  They live by reed banks and river beds and fully sized are nearly 2 ft (0.61m) long and weigh around 5-9kg.  They are nocturnal and live in underground burrows or make nests out of grasses. 

Male and female Grasscutters reach sexual maturity at 5 and 7 months respectively and are fully mature after 10-12 months.  A Grasscutter colony is small and typically led by a male with 3-5 females as his entourage.  The gestation period is 5 months which means that female Cane Rats can give birth twice a year.

As we humans moved into the Cane Rat's habitat they moved into ours - especially the sugar cane plantations from where they get their name and earnt them the label of agricultural pest.

Locals in Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon often eat Grasscutters and consider them to be a delicacy.  They are higher in protein and lower in fat and cholesterol than conventional farm raised meat.  Most of the Cane Rats eaten are caught in the wild, however a lot of small scale businessmen and farmers are now raising them for their meat.

So the question is - would you eat a Cane Rat Burger?

Cane Rats aka Grass Cutters - would you eat them?Photo Credit Nyani Quarmyne


Sources : - 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_cane_rat

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/sep/18/can-rat-on-menu-why-not

http://omoragbongrasscutterfarming.blogspot.co.za/2015_08_01_archive.html







Claire Cardwell 6/11/2016 · #7

#5 These cane rats are actually bigger than my cats - Pepper is 5kg and a Cane Rat would be nearly double her size. Check out this vid of a leopard catching a cane rat : - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nPcTUEUa94

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Ken Boddie 6/11/2016 · #6

#2 Bet our friends in the US would kill for a gold poly right now, Dean-san! 😂

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Ken Boddie 6/11/2016 · #5

These cane rats are the size of domestic cats, Claire!!!!!!! Gives a new meaning to a Big Mac! Has McDonald's heard of these big fellas? Just as well Colonel Saunders wasn't born in SA or else we'd all be eating KFR instead of KFC !
Begs the question, if your rats are the size of cats, do you send in the lions to catch them?

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Claire Cardwell 6/11/2016 · #4

Thanks for the share @Dean Owen

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Claire Cardwell 6/11/2016 · #3

#2 Brilliant! Thanks for the great joke @Dean Owen!

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Dean Owen 6/11/2016 · #2

Oh Yummy! Well they do look a lot more like Guinea Pigs than rats at least. Wondering how long it will take for them to appear on menus nearby.
A man walks into a bar and orders a drink. While he drinks, he notices a wonderful gold statue of a rat. He insists that he must have it and asks the bartender how much it would cost. The bartender replies, "$60 for the gold rat, and $40 dollars for the story behind it." The man wants the rat, but is not interested in the story. He purchases the rat and leaves the bar. As soon as he steps outside, rats come from everywhere towards him. He gets in to his car and drives down the street. Rats everywhere! They seem to be coming out of the woodwork. The man looks in his rearview mirror and sees millions of rats following his car. He comes to a bridge and throws the golden rat out of his car into the river below. The rats follow the statue, plunging over the bridge to their death. The man decides to go back to the bar. The bartender sees the man walk in, smiles, and says "I bet you wanna give me that thirty bucks to hear the story behind the Gold rat, don't ya??"
"No," responds the man, "I was just wondering if you have a gold politician." :)

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