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BiologyDuring the daylight hours, the giant bushy-tailed cloud rat sleeps in trees, either in a cavity in the trunk or in a hole amongst the tree's roots (2). As the sun sets, the cloud rat becomes active, feeding on the buds and bark of trees, and on fruits (2) (5). Occasionally, the giant bushy-tailed cloud rat will feed forage on the ground as well as in trees (8). Giant bushy-tailed cloud rats construct their nests in trees, building a bulky structure with cut branches among the top branches of an oak or pine tree. A cosy chamber is created by lining the nest with a thick layer of pine needles, mosses and ferns (2).