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Rats in the News [Aug. 4th, 2005|01:13 pm]
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Rats like a good shower, it turns out. (I certainly do.)

Seems that rats in a British wildlife exhibit were scampering out whenever the keepers watered the plants in order to bathe themselves with the water coming off the leaves. So they're now installing a little sprinkler area for the rats. No more "dirty rats"!

Outside of wildlife exhibits, though, rats are persona non grata (or is that animalia non grata?). An article a while back described a South Norfolk roundabout rat problem.

Evidently the local (human) population had a habit of dumping trash there. Rats, not being stupid creatures, took up residence and began munching away at the free food. The local council and police are pleading with people to stop dumping their trash on the roundabout. Now we'll see if the humans can adapt their habits as well as the rats. :)

[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2005-08-04 10:02 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, wet, soapy rats...
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2005-08-05 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that you provide links like the showering rats that help show rats in a positive light.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-05 05:54 am (UTC)
You're quite welcome. I do my best to publicize nifty rat stories. (They are too few and far between.)
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2005-08-05 05:36 am (UTC)
So cute! I enjoyed watching one of my rats dive for peas. We put a tupperware with water in it and some peas. Most of the peas sunk to the bottom, but a few floated. She grabbed the ones on top, then started diving for the ones at the bottom. Was very cute to see her grab them with her little paws, pull it out, and shake off while eating it.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-05 05:55 am (UTC)
Aww, that's so cute! I've only had one rat that was fond of water; most of them haven't liked it. I think I should've exposed them to it more when they were young.
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[User Picture]From: genecatlow
2005-08-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
For some reason I am plagued with a mental image of a James
Cagneyesque gangster pointing his finger at a rat and spouting
(naturally) "You... you dirty rat..." only to have the rat
turn and give him a withering stare of outrage - said rat
clearly having immaculate, spotlessly clean fur - and the
aforementioned gangster blinks, chokes on his unthinkingly
insulting words and shuffles away, utterly humiliated. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: tarirat
2005-08-05 10:57 pm (UTC)

like a drownded rat

This rat keeps himself clean and shiny every day. Rats are as clean as cats.

I try to avoid the 'But you spread rabies and bite babies!!' stereotype.

My stereotype is JVC.
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2005-08-10 05:23 am (UTC)

Added ya in.

You've been added to the circle; welcome. Granted, we're not terribly active right now -- did you have something in mind?

-Traveller (posted down here to avoid HP spoilers)
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