Chinese farmers have captured what is believed to be a metre-long rat that had been terrorising villagers and devouring fish whole, it is claimed.
They tried to cut the 5kg rodent up to eat - but broke two knives hacking at its thick bones and skin.
The monstrous animal, weighing ten times that of the average rat, was first spotted snatching 3kg fish from a pond in a village in Shaoyang, Hunan.
Rat is traditionally eaten in Guangdong, southern China, where it can be served braised, stewed or cooked in soup. It can also be roasted and hung alongside duck.
The rodent, which can carry deadly diseases, is believed to be three times more nutritious than chicken.