Tastes Change with Age, Rat Study Shows ... Younger rats
prefer more sugar and umami flavor in foods and
showed a stronger aversion to bitter foods ... (Note: Hopefully this makes it easier to
give medications to older rats!)
City rats carry disease that can infect humans Vancouver
The results are the first definitive findings to come out of the Vancouver Rat
Project, a three-year study helmed by Abbotsford-based researcher Dr.
Chelsea Himsworth that aims to fill a knowledge
gap about the characteristics of local rats, the ...
The Rat Park experiment - Io9 io9
And so he built "Rat Park," a testing facility meant to
give the rats inside it plenty of room, exercise and play
facilities, good food, lots of bottles and boxes to explore, mixed-gender
company, and private areas to raise their young. His group even ...
is an interesting experiment about drug addiction, and the website features
an amazing close-up photo of rat whiskers, however, I believe the second
picture is a mouse, not a rat.)
Pentagon to recruit bomb-sniffing rats RT
A pet rat that can sniff out explosives could become standard gear
for future American soldiers. The Pentagon is conducting research into
teaching rats to detect mines and explosives, in hopes of saving
lives and reducing military expenditures. Scientists at ...
a Pet Can Increase a Child’s Own Opinion of Their Abilities
Long-Lost Rat Species Rediscovered in Philippines Wired News
By Brandon Keim A giant rat species last
seen 37 years ago and feared extinct has been seen again on the Philippines
island of Dinagat. Crateromysaustralis, or the Dinagat
bushy-tailed cloud rat, belongs to a family of tree-dwelling,
Nick Enoch A 'giant rat' measuring 4ft from nose to tail has been caught
and killed by a pensioner with a lump of wood on his farm. Brian Watson,
67, from Waskerley, Consett
in CountyDurham, was made aware of the monster's presence after his ...
from Deb—Why is it that these people who kill “giant
rats” never take a photo clear enough to identify the species?)
Very Long 'Extinct' Rat Found Care2.com
Adult dinagatrats can measure up to
nearly 22 inches long and most of the length is in the tail. Though it is
very good news the dinagat cloud rat is
not extinct, it is critically endangered and only lives in a small habitat
of less than 100 square ...
'Love rat' could protect native species TVNZ
An Auckland researcher has spent three years comparing the lure of sex, in
the form of a live caged rat, over food as a way to trap wild Norway
and Ship rats. In a set of three experiments trialled
around Auckland the hand-raised caged rats attracted ...
pet owner bloodied by bites Calgary
A woman claims a trip to a pet store turned into a nightmare when she was
bitten by a domesticated rat she had hoped to buy. Trisha Fulawka is suing Petland,
alleging she is suffering from post-traumatic stress, nightmares, lingering
injuries and ...
that this is being reported in Calgary, Alberta, when rats are outlawed
from the province!)
trainers set the white rat on a patch of grass
where they had hidden an explosive device underground. It took
the rat less than
a minute to ...
Labs Size Up New Guidelines For Rodent Cages NPR
Scientists do experiments with millions of rats and mice each
year, to study everything from heart disease to cancer to diabetes.
Recently, some new recommendations about how to house female lab rodents
and their babies caused an uproar, with experts ...
Most rats will help release a trapped roommate before
getting chocolate for themselves!
Cats, Mice Working Together WKRG-TV
Colombian scientists are breeding and training rats to help rid the
country of its deadly landmines, planted over many years by guerrilla
groups and drug gangs to deter security forces. The rats have been
bred for the work over five generations and ... (Rat Lady’s note: this article includes a video which shows
a little bit of the rat training, and a cat playing with a rat
outside.The audio was too
quiet for me to hear and in Spanish anyway.)
Colombia sniff out deadly landmines The Express
“We are hoping that this generation will be ready at the beginning of
next year to be tested in a real environment,” he added as his
favorite rat Sophie perched on his shoulder. Experts say it is
impossible to estimate the number of undetonated
Pair found guilty of pet rodent neglect ABC Online
By Josh Bavas Two residents in Townsville in
north Queensland were found guilty yesterday of not properly looking after
hundreds of rats and mice. Frederick Dart and Megan Harjridin were found guilty of a list of offences
including failing to provide ...
PETA Dumps on Battlefield 3 Escapist
Magazine PETA is officially unhappy with
Battlefield 3 because of a callous, brutal and utterly inhumane sequence of
rat-stabbing. Pop quiz, hotshot: how many rats have you
snuffed in all your videogaming adventures? If
you answered less than "about a bazillion ...
Rats take up
residence in Schönbrunn Austrian
Visitors to the zoo will be able to meet Rolf Rüdiger,
the most famous rat in Austria and organiser and
ambassador of the new rat house, Robert Steiner, who has high hopes
of changing attitudes. Throughout the world there are over 60 species of rats.
8/17/11 Black Death study lets rats
off the hook The Guardian
Mortality continued to rise throughout the bitterly cold winter, when fleas
could not have survived, and there is no evidence of enough rats.
Black rat skeletons have been found at 14th-century sites, but not
in high enough numbers to make them the ...
beaten during JHB campaign Citizen
It shows a large rat being repeatedly beaten on its head with a
stick, and then poked a number of times to make sure it was dead. NSPCA
members said the rats were killed this way as gassing their habitat
only rendered them drowsy. ...
Aussie Boguls take on a rat
race for Sydney's future ABC Online
What would you say if someone suggested the solution to rat-infestations
is... rats. That's what one Sydney academic thinks and she explains why...
"We're putting the native bush rat in [to parts of Sydney]," explains Dr Grainne
Cleary from the ...
Homes sought for 30 domesticated rats Seacoastonline.com
As a result, the department took the remainder of
the rats. In the meantime, MainelyRat
Rescue volunteers and Buckley called numerous rescue organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. All but 30 rats were taken — eight
here, 15 there, from as far ...
Cops stop rats' nest on wheels ABC Online
The front bumper was held on with duct tape. The officers inspected the bumper
and then lifted the bonnet and were shocked to see two rats jump
out. Police managed to grab another rat by the tail and three more
scurried back out of sight. ...
Animal welfare is integrated into AVMA's revised veterinarian oath The AVMA has revised
the oath taken by new veterinary graduates to include the words
"animal welfare," defined as both the physical and mental
well-being of non-humans. "The message is we as the AVMA and
veterinarians in general do recognize that protecting animal well-being is
what we're all about," said John R. Brooks, the AVMA's
executive board chairman.
Observer (N.C.) The Animal
Crush Video Prohibition Act, backed by Sen. Richard Burr, has been signed
into law by President BarackObama.
The new law bans the production, sale and
distribution of animal "crush" videos, or depictions of animals
being tortured to death.
Upcoming AVMA conference to tackle
pocket pets The upcoming AVMA conference, to
be held July 31 to Aug. 3 in Atlanta, will provide veterinarians with the opportunity
to participate in a hands-on activity on how to handle pocket pets.
Millions of rabbits, hamsters, ferrets and guinea pigs are now being
treated as pets in the U.S., and the trend is expected to alter the course of
pet management in the country.
Rat-A-Rama 2010 Boise Weekly
And, possibly worst of all, rats influenced one of the worst
hairstyles in history: the rattail. But movies like Disney's
Ratatouille--the story of a rat...
The Sydney Morning Herald
(Australia)/Australian Associated Press
EBC-46, a drug derived from the seed of a rain forest plant in Australia,
has been successfully used to treat cancer in some 150 cats, dogs, horses
and a ferret. A 10-year-old beagle with a deadly facial tumor recently was
treated with the drug and is recovering. QBiotics,
which developed the treatment, is looking to raise $10 million to fund
human clinical trials slated early next year in Australia.
San Francisco Chronicle California police officers are within the law
when they enter homes without a warrant after receiving a call about an
animal in distress, a state appeals court ruled this week. The court upheld
an animal-cruelty conviction against a Los AngelesCounty man whose lawyer argued that police
only had the right to enter if they believed a human was in distress.
of rats found in hoarding case Las Cruces Sun-News ...rats for food. "It's that or kill
them and put them in the dump," said shelter director Beth Vesco-Mock, who also said she'd never seen a rat-hoarding
... (Please note that I called and talked with the population director
at the shelter taking in these rats, and the rats released to reptile
breeders will be humanely euthanized with carbon dioxide—Deb)
protests lab course The UTD Mercury
By Lauren Buell Animal rights activists protest
the use of rats in a senior-level course March 3 on the southeast
corner of campus. ...
butter cures black plague Daily Telegraph
It follows a pilot study at Taronga Zoo to see if
native bush rats could drive off black rats. "The Aussie
battler, the native bush rat, won the fight," she ... (the headline for this is quite
new face of toile Frederick News Post
(subscription) The Frederick-based artist began painting repulsive,
frightening or otherwise unpopular animals after reading about theKarniMataTemple in which thousands of rats scurry the
floors. The temple, located in India, serves as a tribute to the rat goddess Karni Mata, and, ...
Child: And Other Stories' by TC Boyle Los Angeles Times
By Mark RozzoIn "Thirteen Hundred Rats,"
one of the 14 stories in the latest collection from the seemingly
inexhaustible T.C. Boyle, a recent widower finds himself the owner of a
python. He's allergic to cats and dogs, those more cuddly
and condoned companions of the grief-stricken. But then something really
unexpected happens. The white rat he's purchased for his new pet's sustenance
proves unusually adept at eluding its fangs. The rodent's improbable
athletic performance elicits astonishment, sympathy and,
eventually, love. The widower spares the rat -- supple as suede, a
tiny creature quivering with hope and optimism -- and decides to give the
soulless python the heave-ho. "The situation was novel," Boyle's
narrator declares, "to say the least."
allows man to let rats rot United Press International
PULASKI, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Virginia judge is allowing a
man to let the hundreds of rat carcasses on his property decompose
naturally, provided he does ...
In 3 of the 4 cases, ...(Note: cowpox is not a serious disease in
humans [it has been used to vaccinate against smallpox]
and it really is strange that rats are still
considered exotic animals when they are truly domesticated.)
rodent, run … a tradition endures Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA
beat out seven other rats yesterday in the featured race during the
annual Running of the Rodents, a tradition at Spalding University ...(the video is lame, you can barely see
Museum rats predict UConn to win NCAA
title Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond,VA,USA
Last year rats playing basketball picked the winner of the NCAA Torunament. Can the rodents repeat? BY JUAN ANTONIO
LIZAMA Times-Dispatch Staff Writer You ... (includes video of rats playing basketball)
offer endearing qualities Red and Black - Athens,GA,USA
Hairless rat and dumboratSpraynard and Robert Stack are living the good life
with owner Rachel Blair, who escorts them around the house in what can be ...
take fight to toad WA today - Perth,WA,Australia
A native rat has shown it really is cunning as it battles to avoid
the cane toad. With the first sighting of a
A man who abandoned 280 white rats found dead and dying in crowded
carriers was ordered to pay $1,000
restitution and perform 50 hours of community service. …
Tale of Despereaux Variety - Los Angeles,CA,USA
One of the rules of this storybook realm is that mice, rats and
humans speak the same language, so it's not long before Despereaux
forges a heartfelt bond ...
The video below (produced
by the Virginia Network) ... (Rat
Lady’s note: This video is okay for the time
allowed, although my advice is
slightly different, but I’m most disappointed it didn’t mention
the need of rats for companionship.Just below this video, however, is one of an interview with me at
the Superzoo trade show
about the goals of the
Pass the Taste Test Science Now - Washington,DC,USA
First the researchers got a rat hungry enough that it would be
willing to nibble at some raw cocoa. Then they put
another rat in
with it so rat number 2 ...
left to die in the cold Winsford Guardian - Northwich,England,UK
By Frances Kindon » A BABY rat
nearly lost its life to hypothermia after being dumped in Little Budworth with its
mother and seven siblings
by its cruel ...
Ryn: Three cheers for (eek!) rats Tucson Citizen - Tucson,AZ,USA Rats can be warm, cuddly and easily trainable. With a little bell
and a few broken dog biscuits, you can have a
smell of a cat that they had been exposed ...
exterminate their rat Buffalo
News - NY, United States
By Matt Glynn NEWS BUSINESS REPORTER Top, scissors are used to cut off
parts of the BuffaloBuilding and Construction Trades Council’s
inflatable rat, ...
Polegate'srat rescuer The
Argus.co.uk - Brighton,UK
Emma Dickson spends her spare time caring for 70 mice, between 50 and 60 rats,
three gerbils and two guinea pigs. The 22-year-old runs Rodent Rescue from
rats a full-time pleasure BBC
News - UK
From a tiny house in Polegate, near Eastbourne, 22-year-old Emma runs Rodent
Rescue which gives a home to unwanted rats, mice and hamsters. ...
pets, girls say, rats are the cat's meow Foster's
Daily Democrat - Dover,NH,USA
these sisters would reply, "Ooh, rats." Sierra and Hannah
Ashley have a cat and a dog. Seven months ago, they acquired two new pets. ...
investigate QLD couple over record rat seizure Brisbane
Times - Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
Animal welfare authorities have confirmed a North Queensland couple is under investigation
after more than 600 rats and dogs were seized from a single ...Rats need homes!
Mount: Momma rat prevented chaos Opelika
Auburn News - Opelika,AL,USA
Last week, I remarked that a tame Norway rat might have saved my
career and quite possibly most of my earthly possessions. I’m sure
that anyone who read the ... (a
ratgets the best of a snake)
Treynor boy's rat wins pet show at Westfair Daily
Nonpareil - Council Bluffs,IA,USA
Small household pets are not being left out of the fun, including
12-year-old Tyler Patterson's rat, Cheddar. Cheddar was named Grand
Champion of the Small ...
procreators. A single female rat can have three litters of ...
calls for cozying up to rats Philadelphia
Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA Rats aren't usually one of them. Yet acceptance was the central
message yesterday at the sixth annual FabRat
and Animal Friends Festival in South ...
November 2007 issue of the BBC Wildlife
magazine has a wonderful article about wild rats!The article is very positive
about rats and presents them as interesting wild animals,
debunking some of the myths about them.The best thing about it though is
the photos…amazing and beautiful.One is a full page of a mother rat
carrying a baby who looks like she is smiling!