An interesting little SCP I created to fill in for the 049 slot. Please read and review. Comments, critiques and cake recipes are all welcome.
Item #: SCP-049
Object Class: Safe
Special Containment Procedures: All specimens of SCP-049 are to be contained in the Main Waste Disposal facility and be given a constant supply of garbage to feed on, so long as said wastes are disposed of in accordance with facility guidelines. The containment area is to be checked regularly (three times a month) for any breaches or leaks. All researchers who wish to experiment on any specimen must fill out form ██████-B to be approved by Waste Management and Administration.
Description: SCP-049 consists of ninety-seven (97) rats of the species rattus rattus (the Black Rat). Genetically, they are no different than any other black rat, though they have several physical traits not seen in most black rats. All specimens are above normal size, averaging at around 11 in. (28 cm.) from head to tail and weighing 5 lbs. (2.2 kg.). They also have unusually strong teeth and jaw muscles, even for a rat, able to chew through titanium with little difficulty (though they tire after doing this for several minutes).
But their most striking difference is their diet: While most rats are omnivorous and will gnaw on anything to wear their teeth down, individuals of SCP-049 will actively consume materials that would normally be hazardous to an animal’s health (plastic, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, stone, concrete, radioactive compounds), and nothing more. In fact, SCP-049’s diet consists entirely of garbage (hereby defined as anything thrown away with the intent of disposal). SCP-049 will eat fresh food as well, but only if a human subject actively discards it. How they discern garbage from other objects is unknown. Specimens also have a voracious and seemingly impossible hunger, with each individual consuming several pounds of garbage in a single day, without any visible bodily distentions. Because of their abnormal diet, the Foundation has adopted them into the waste disposal facility.
Individuals of SCP-049 defecate normally, though chemical analyses indicate that all feces consist of only organic material, even after SCP-049 has consumed large amounts of inorganic garbage. Their lifespan is the same as that of a black rat (3-5 years), and their reproductive activity is average as well.
Addendum: Prof. Snider, after gaining the proper admittance, took a SCP-049 specimen that had died of natural causes in for dissection. After the dissection (which took 2 and a half hours), the following report has been submitted:
From the Desk of: Prof. Snider
Dissection log #049-D
Length: 10.5 inches from head to tail
Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Experiment log: After securing specimen to table, small incision was made in lower abdominal region. Flesh is healthy and of normal thickness. Upon finishing incision, small foreign object sprung forth from within- when removed, was found to be blue plastic twist-tie. Incision was made larger (from neck to groin) and more debris began to spill from the incision, with no visible bones or other organs present. The following objects were removed in the span of two hours:
-4.3 lbs. of polystyrene, including 345 packing peanuts
-32 paper clips
-9.4 lbs of aluminum
- 2 lbs. of steel
- 4.5 lbs. computer circuitry remnants
-6.7 lbs. of shredded leather, mostly shoes
-7.5 lbs. of crushed glass
-79 ft. of wire
-10.3 lbs. of plastic pieces, mostly shrink-wrap
- 14 twist-ties
- 60 ft. of twine
-.4 lbs. of wood, mostly pencil shavings
- 6.2 lbs. concrete granules
- 4 lbs. of spent nuclear fuel (upon discovery, Snider was removed from testing area for decontamination and fitted into a standard level-5 HazMat suit before continuing dissection)
- 21 sq. ft. of various fabrics, mostly cotton and burlap
After two hours of garbage removal, specimen was unsecured from the table and held belly-side down. Immediately an inordinate amount of shredded and compacted garbage began to flow from the incision without stop, forming a large pile of garbage on the floor until the rat was turned belly-side up once again. From there the dissection was declared over and the testing area cleaned.
Notes: Shortly after dissection, the specimen was taken to another testing area to be “emptied”. After being held upside-down for several hours, around two and a quarter tons (2.25 t) of garbage poured from SCP-049’s wound before immediately stopping. When specimen’s innards were inspected, researchers found all organs present and intact, without signs of bursting or damage.
It seems that SCP-049 doesn’t actually get rid of garbage- rather; it just breaks down and stores garbage via some sort of space-warping field inside its body. Organic material is digested and excreted, but any indigestible or inorganic garbage they ingest is stored until some gaping wound allows the material to escape. If one of them dies again and their flesh rots away, we might have just postponed our garbage problem rather than solved it. What’s more, the rats refuse to eat their own dead, so using SCP-049 to get rid of itself is out of the question. We’ll have to find some other method until then.