How to Hunt and Eat a Rat
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.
Mario 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…