Rat kings are phenomena said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails. Historically, there are various superstitions surrounding rat kings, and they were often seen as an extremely bad omen, particularly associated with plagues.

Rat kings are phenomena said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails. Historically, there are various superstitions surrounding rat kings, and they were often seen as an extremely bad omen, particularly associated with plagues.

A 16th century illustration of a rat king. - The Complicated, Inconclusive Truth Behind Rat Kings

The Complicated, Inconclusive Truth Behind Rat Kings

A 16th century illustration of a rat king. - The Complicated, Inconclusive Truth Behind Rat Kings

Rat kings happen when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, and excrement. This one consists of 32 rats, the biggest rat king found.

Rat kings happen when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, and excrement. This one consists of 32 rats, the biggest rat king found.

"The Rat King is a cryptozoological phenomenon that occurs when a group of rats become permanently bound to one another by knotted tails, excrement, and hair. The rats thus move and function as one entity. While biologists generally believe the Rat King to be little more than Germanic folklore, specimens of dead Rat Kings are housed in museums throughout northern Europe, the largest of which contains 27 rats. I find even the possibility of a Rat King's existence very disturbing...."

"The Rat King is a cryptozoological phenomenon that occurs when a group of rats become permanently bound to one another by knotted tails, excrement, and hair. The rats thus move and function as one entity. While biologists generally believe the Rat King to be little more than Germanic folklore, specimens of dead Rat Kings are housed in museums throughout northern Europe, the largest of which contains 27 rats. I find even the possibility of a Rat King's existence very disturbing...."

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