Despite our strict no-rats policy in the Hyper Kitchen (we live or die by the health code), this particular creature from European folklore is too grotesque to ignore.
Behold the ghastly Rat King, originating from medieval Europe. During that age, cities were astonishingly filthy places. No street was left uncovered with sewage and garbage. Naturally, rats thrived in such an environment. According to Dutch, Germanic, and Scandinavian folklore, rats occasionally got their tails inextricably tangled and mangled together. The collective rat tails fused to each other as they healed, creating a pack of rats that were physically joined and operated like a single organism. They were called Rat Kings. It seems highly unlikely that anyone had to flee from some frenzied glob of rabid rats, as the phenomena was never officially documented. Various mummified Rat Kings remain on display in museums, but the consensus is that they're just the product of some"creative taxidermy."
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