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Mon, Jul. 12th, 2004, 06:19 pm

porsupah posted this link about animal totems and I wanted to say a few words in defence of rats. Now, this is in no way an attack on my esteemed colleague and I'm pleased he liked the entry for red pandas, but I want to set the record straight.

I am not 'damaged' and I am to be neither pitied nor feared. It is obvious the author was speaking from their own fear and prejudice rather than any knowledge about rats or those blessed with this totem. A particularly charming example is the notion that rats will eat to excess and throw up rather than let any other animal share their food. Both rats and mice are incapable of regurgitating. I do not feel I should be worried about signs of wastefulness in my life; quite the opposite in fact. I'm the one who scavenges left over food so it doesn't go to waste. The author may not be aware that scavengers perform a valuable role in the ecosystem. I do not think I should feel in the least bit guilty about being a rat, and nor should any other rat.

Tue, Jul. 13th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)

Hrrmmm, a mere correction:
It wasn't rats per see that carried the disease and effectually spread the Black Plague across Europe. It was humans travelling the country, fleeing the disease. It might be the rat's fleas that infected the humans with their bite as a preliminary, but it wasn't rats per see that carried the Black Plague around.
It was humans.

I've investigated the Black Plague because I wanted to know what the bacteria was named... Still haven't found out the bacteria's name yet. But interesting disease..:-)

Besides, I am a rat in the chinese Zodiac, a water rat to be precise.
I am pretty darn proud of it!
*gives Marko a belly rub*
No worries, SnuggleRat..:-)

Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)

Black Plague is yersinia pestis, an enterobacteria.

Thu, Jul. 22nd, 2004 12:49 am (UTC)

Thank you, it had me in a some what of a pickle.. Enterobacteria, eh?? Related to Eschericia coli, Proteus mirabilis and vulgaris and Salmonella typhii....
Hmmm... Better go look up the details on Yersinia pestis...
Should make for interesting reading..:-)
There is in fact still outbreaks of the Plague, but it is in India and no more than a thousand at a time or so. According to my sources that is..:-)