The mascot of the Lunar New Year in 2020 everyone knows, is the mouse – or “Mr. Ti”. But even if it’s a mascot, there’s no denying the fact that rats are among the most frightening animals on the planet.
Not exaggerating, asked 10 people, maybe 9 said they were afraid of mice. Which is also true, ignoring the cute “Little Ti” like white mice, kangaroos, hamsters … the majority of the mice in the city are very dirty, often associated with diseases and special diseases. serious. The Black Death pandemic, which killed half of Europe in the 14th century, is thought to have been spread by rats (though this view is controversial).
Pandemic “Black Death” (Artwork)
But not only that, the mouse can also make you shocked in a different way, with a phenomenon with a very special name: The Mouse King. It sounds good, but you never want to see it.
King of mice – horror phenomenon of “old Ti”
Hearing the name “mouse king”, you will probably think of a big “big brother” mouse, sublime intelligence can overwhelm a huge flock of mice? But no, you’re wrong. It is actually the name of a strange and rare phenomenon of a flock of mice, when a large number of mice are somehow tailed into each other, possibly due to blood, sand, or even feces and urine.
Your mouse king here
The phrase “mouse king” is derived from the German word – “Rattenkonig”. The word is quite derogatory, referring to those who rely solely on others. And Germany is also the place where ever recorded the “mouse king” in small numbers appear.
In 1564, the first mouse king was found, including 25 brown rats. But the next time, the mouse rats appeared mostly black rats – or rats. The most recent mouse king appeared in 1986 in Vendee, France.
Bad omens and a sign of danger
Throughout history, the rat king has always been seen as a bad omen to human society, which brings great fear. When rats were discovered they were immediately killed, or the monks brought home to cleanse them.
But even ignoring the problem of superstition and only considering the science, the rat king is still a bad sign. Why? Because mouse kings usually only occur in extremely dirty places, and only when the rat population is multiplying at tremendous speed.
As is well known, rats are intermediaries for extremely frightening plagues like the plague, which caused the deaths of millions in the past. So if unfortunately finding the mouse king, the possibility is that all must join together to destroy this “devastating” animal before it’s too late.
The world’s largest mouse king, on display in the Mauritanium Science Museum in Altenburg (Germany)
Today, there are still a number of mouse kings on display at museums around the world. For example, the Mauritanium Science Museum (Altenburg, Germany) has the world’s largest mouse king, consisting of 32 black rats stick together.
Interestingly, the “tailed tail” phenomenon can occur with smaller mice, even mice, and even squirrels, though more rarely.