TACOMA, Wash. — Chinese New Year begins on Sat. January 25th, bringing the Year of the Rat, to celebrate, Staff Biologist Jessi Sutherland from the Point Defiance Zoo brings a rat we've never seen before! The Herorats is a giant pouched rat from Tanzania. They have extraordinary smelling skills and are trained to detect hidden landmines and tuberculosis in people.
The giant pouched rat is also joined by a millipede and a coatimundi from the Point Defiance Zoo.