Here's an interesting report from Joe Ha's Whiteboard News May 23, 1995.

Beijing, China: Two Chinese soldiers captured a huge rat-like creature weighing eight pounds, with "paws like a cat and a tail as thick as a man's thumb," the Xinhua news agency reported. Members of the Beijing paramilitary armed police found the toothy rodent while on patrol in their barracks on the outskirts of the capital. Police have asked experts to identify the 24-inch-long animal before they decide its fate.

Comment: Very interesting. It'll probably turn out to be some sort of diseased rat or something, but who knows?