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A wererat just died at my sword, failing to transmit its disease to me. However, it also left a corpse for me to eat. I'm hungry. My pet drags it to me, bad sign, but then again it does so for lichen corpses too and they're perfectly safe to eat.

Is it safe to eat?

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Anon's answer answers your titular question. But just to note - were{foo} count as humans. So in terms of "is it safe to eat", keep in mind how that figures in. – Grace Note Jan 20 '11 at 21:53
@Grace I did look at that question first but didn't find (literally: ctrl-f were) anything about it :) – badp Jan 20 '11 at 21:54
Oh, I didn't cover lycanthrope. I'm just commenting about eating humans. – Grace Note Jan 20 '11 at 21:56
+1 for making me google search "werefoo". In an awesome display of recursion, this question was the #1 result. – Raven Dreamer Jan 20 '11 at 22:31
FYI: Your pet doesn't eat lichen corpses because your pet's a carnivore and lichens are vegetarian food. If your pet was a vegetarian (e.g. a horse), it'd eat the lichen. – sepp2k Jan 29 '11 at 23:55
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No, it is not safe to eat. It will give you lycanthropy. Also, if you are human, it is considered cannibalism.

Nethack Wiki Corpse page

Nethack Wiki Werecreature page

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Eating a were{foo}'s corpse will always confer lycanthropy.

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