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Fat Norway Rat
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On average a rat in the wild has a life span of one year. Druing this time the female rat can have up to 84 babies. They, and the parasites they carry, spread many diseases.
However, rats are highly intelligent and social animals. These rodents have an incredible ability to survive. They can scale walls and walk across telephone wires with ease. They are excellent swimmers - capable of navigating a half mile through open water. They are amazingly resilient, easily surviving falls up to 50 feet. By burrowing long tunnels, which can extend 4 vertical feet into the earth, they reduce their exposure to predators. And they are extremely compatible with human behavior and needs and are easy to train.
So yes - rats in the wild are a pest but they are amazing animals. This guy bravely fought two cats ... and he got away. The Rat Rocks!
April 28th, 2012
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