Wild Freaks of Nature – The Rat Pig

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 25th @ 10pm e/p | For more, visit | To get a python to eat like a wild snake, a researcher puts a rat head on a pig.

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Moneymyke357 October 20, 2011 - 4:47 AM

Yo dawg..I herd u leik mammals…

Youtube Comment Section October 20, 2011 - 10:18 PM

these dead animals died naturally id imagine relax

Licmycat October 20, 2011 - 10:37 PM

OMG! Another MAD scientist!

Adam Rivera October 20, 2011 - 10:40 PM

5 dislikes? guys, this is nature, regardless of the strange man attaching a dead _LAB RAT_ (which are specifically bred for use in labs much like cows for slaughter) to Charlotte's face.

Wobbles and Bean October 21, 2011 - 1:22 AM

@bamboo4tameshigiri Because the snake won't eat a pig, he eats rats.

Nicky Gao October 21, 2011 - 1:36 AM

Guys calm the fuck down obviously the scientists are not "killers" because it insightful to kill an living animal. Secondly, the experiment is mainly conducted to test a theory.

Wobbles and Bean October 21, 2011 - 2:18 PM

@bamboo4tameshigiri Have you ever owned a snake? They're just like people, some are more finicky than others. A snake that size won't get enough nutrition from a rat, so they feed him pigs. Apparently the snake won't eat the pig, so if it smells/looks like a rat, he'll eat it. Simple.

highvoltageev October 27, 2011 - 2:31 PM

I am the son of Dr. Secor, and am the young man seen assisting him at the lab bench.
Unfortunately, the brief video did a poor job explaining the need for tricking snakes that had been raised on rats into eating larger food items. It was an act of practicality, not novelty. This was all part of research being done on the highly unique digestive systems of pythons, as well as part of a longer series explaining it. I'd be glad to clarify any question you may have.

highvoltageev October 27, 2011 - 2:42 PM

In this case, the show's purpose is to demonstrate the astounding eating and digestion abilities of pythons. While normally they do just fine on rats, for the show we needed to use something much larger to accentuate what exactly pythons are capable of, and for the size snakes we have, piglets were perfect. The only issue was getting them to eat. This was done purely for the purposes of the show, and is not done regularly for these snakes.

TheSharkexpert October 31, 2011 - 12:57 AM

poor piggy

highvoltageev November 10, 2011 - 7:13 AM

@photographingalaska Scientific knowledge of any kind is always a benefit to humans, but since you seem to require a direct humanitarian application:
"Research into the extreme growth of Burmese python hearts during digestion may be the foundation for new human heart disease treatments, according to a recent Science Magazine article co-authored by University of Alabama scientist Stephen Secor."

Elizabeth Gervais January 18, 2012 - 3:00 AM

is this guy serious?!?!?!Weirdo

schmiki686 June 21, 2012 - 2:51 PM

oh god…i'll admit i was asking for something weird but this is way too much…strange side of youtube, i've found you once again

tuberose yuri September 14, 2018 - 3:40 PM

this isn't a hybrid