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Rats are Altruistic, handle Ambiguity, (and are Awesome) [Dec. 9th, 2011|02:43 pm]
A new study finds that rats show altruism, freeing other rats and sharing food. (also here)

This is a pretty cool experiment which shows a rat helping a compatriot as well as sharing chocolate treats with them -- and I think we all know that sharing your chocolate is a true sign of friendship!

Another recent study on rat cognition, learning and dealing with ambiguous situations. Though the article opens by saying rats behave "as if they're rational creatures" [emphasis mine]. Ah well. Can't win everyone over to the wonder of rats right away, I guess. ;)

Just remember, someday you may meet rat-powered robots, so their altruism and rationality is important to you! (insert evil laugh)

[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-10 05:42 am (UTC)
I had heard something similar about vampire bats. I think I'd heard that they would share with sick bats in the colony that weren't able to hunt that night.
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From: avon_deer
2011-12-10 09:32 am (UTC)
This is correct. A mutual support network that benefits all.
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