The Other Rat Race: Rat Hunting (and Rat Eating) in Indonesia

Posted by - March 14, 2012 | Category: Asia, Escapes, Indonesia

How to Hunt and Eat a Rat

Rat Hunting in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Dweller of sewers. Abandoner of ships. Conduit of the plague.

No matter what descriptor you attach to the lowly rat, one thing is pretty much universal — it’s the critter everyone loves to hate.

Except, that is, in Tomohon in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Here the rat takes on a very different role — that of delicacy — and for a fee, you can hunt your own rat and eat it for dinner that evening.


Tomohon-Market-Roasted-Rat-for-sale-in-Indonesia.jpgMario Ben Gavriel’s rat-hunting tour can hardly be called the country’s most popular activity — I am the first foreigner to sign up for the jaunt and just his third customer in two years.

But for those who do take the plunge, an eye-opening glimpse of local life awaits.

This is an except from a feature article I wrote for CNNGo – to read the full article, and see all the rat hunt photos, continue to the following link…

The other rat race: Hunting (and eating) rodents in Indonesia

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