As reported by the Times online, scientists working in the Philippines have discovered a rare pitcher plant so large that it can digest rats. (These plants attract insects and other creatures, who drown in a pool of liquid secreted by and contained within the leaves, and are subsequently digested by the plant.)
The species, Nepenthes attenboroughii, is named after David Attenborough. To be fair, another larger species in the genus is known to have eaten rodents, which are almost certainly not the main food of these plants.
Like all carnivorous plants, pitcher plants are marvels of natural selection, and later I’ll have a few things to say about how they might have evolved from non-carnivorous relatives.
Figure 1. Nepenthes attenboroughii