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Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008, 07:08 pm
Rats in the news: Rats can use tools!

Researchers have discovered that rats can be taught to use tools, an ability that was previously thought to be the sole domain of primates and some birds. Thanks to ristin for bringing this joyous news to my attention. I can see the comments on Slashdot now: "I for one welcome our new rodent overlords." But it's not like that all! They just want to help with the gardening. (Don't check your compost heap too closely.) higgs_raccoon, being the resourceful raccoon he is, has tracked down the original scientific article which includes videos of the tool-using rodents.

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)

"I for one welcome our new rodent overlords."

I don't fear it either. Assuuming you have a use for me. :)

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)

*looks you over*

I'm sure I can think of something. ;)

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)

Bring on the new world rat order, then. ;)

Great article by the way. Very interesting.

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)

I already knew rats were intellegent since the beginning. n.n;

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)

i knew rodents were supiriuor now i wonder if they will let the mice be second in comand after all they will need someone to look after the coons while they cook and rule the world

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)


Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)

Ooh, good reference. I had to get Twig to explain it to me.

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)

That reminds me of Tales of the Riverbank with Hammy Hamster, G.P. and Matthew Mouse (who was really a rat) XD

Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)

I remember that show! That was the live action children's program that used real live animals. So Matthew Mouse was really a rat? What a scandal that would have been in the tabloids!

Fri, Mar. 28th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)

Yeah, it was easy to tell that he was a rat. Rats are often used for tv and called mice due to people still being afraid of them. Not to say that mice can't be trained as we saw in the movie The Green Mile with Mr. Jingles and the mouse in Mousehunt.

Also in the remake of Tales of the Riverbank which was renamed Once Upon A Hamster, they used another rat named Martha, which they also labeled as a mouse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-CtMWsMGGo <-- here you can see that in the first series from 1959 they actually called the rat Roddy the Water rat, and in the show. They should have stuck with that!
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Thu, Mar. 27th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)

I'd love to demonstrate my tool-using ability for you again some time.