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Have you ever heard of a rat that is also an acrobat? Neither had we! Until today when we stumbled upon this silly news story courtesy of BBC News. "A rat with rather impressive acrobatic skills has been filmed scaling a washing line to get to some bird feeders. Melissa Paterson, 26, spotted the tightrope-walking rodent in her Norfolk garden early one July morning."

"She said it had been in and out of her garden for a while working out how to reach the feeders. They were moved to the clothes line after it successfully scaled a bird feeder pole. 'I've never seen one scale a washing line like it's walking a tightrope,' Ms Paterson said." We are seriously impressed with this agile rat's efforts to secure some extra sustenance. 

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Rat Steals Cat's GPS Collar, Sends Owner On A Wild Chase

When your cat runs away, that is one of the most horrifying moments. Whether you have a GPS on it or not, seeing that your cat is not home will freak out out. But what happens if your cat's GPS tracker is is going off, showing you that your cat is zooming around the neighborhood, while your cat is... right in front of you? Well, 520-year-old Andy Kindell just experienced that.

His one-year-old cat for whom he bought a £130 collar with a GPS tracking chip, came home one day without the collar and with a nasty injury on its paw, reports Aol. Naturally, Andy was relieved, but he still wanted to find the GPS collar and get it back, so, he went on a chase. And a chase it was, because apparently, the collar was "eaten by a rat."

Read more of the story, including Andy's reaction, and check out some hilarious pictures below!

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Meet Bean the rat! She just got a new, real bed to sleep on and couldn't be happier! According to her owner, Bean believes in the concept that "good things come to those who wait," because now she can happily chill until she hears her owner bring out the noms!

Isn't that truly the dream? Sleeping until someone wakes you with some food? Maybe that's just our dream. And Bean's. 

Bean's owner has also included a 'Sleepy Bean video playlist,' so when you're relaxing, you can listen to whatever Bean listens to while sleeping! How precious is that? The answer is very. 

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Hero Rat Awarded Medal Of Bravery For Sniffing Out Landmines

A new legend is born! Meet the hero from Cambodia who's got the whole world buzzing -- Magawa! And Magawa just so happens to be a giant African pouched rat. Magawa isn't just any rat, he was trained to sniff out landmines and has now been awarded British charity's top civilian award for animal bravery!

In the past seven years, Magawa has discovered a total of 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance. People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) start began as a free vet clinic in 1917 and has been honoring heroic animals 1943. Magawa was awarded the PDSA's gold medal for his "lifesaving bravery and devotion," according to the charity.

Having cleared over 141,000 square meters of land (imagine 20 soccer fields), it is without a doubt that Magawa is worthy of this award! 

APOPO Chief Executive Christophe Cox had this to say about the heroic act, "it is big for the people in Cambodia, and all the people around the world who are suffering from landmines. The PDSA Gold Medal award brings the problem of landmines to global attention."

But why use rats to sniff out landmines? Turns out, rats are perfect for such a task! Their small size (and weight) allows them to walk across minefields without triggering any explosives. Before Magawa, this was a canine job. 

PDSA also happens to have a Dickin Medal for military service and the medal has since been awarded to 34 dogs, 32 pigeons, 4 horses, and one cat. However, Magawa is their rat to ever receive a PDSA award! 

Congratulations Magawa, thank you for your bravery and helping make this world a safer place for us all. 

Story via The Guardian

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Well, here's something we've never seen before! Picture this, you're just minding your own business, walking home, and stumble upon an unusual sight ... two rats fightings, as the community cat watches. 

That's exactly what happened to Singapore resident Cheez Goh, on July 8th, who was able to record this incredible, and quite hilarious, moment. 

It's like a scene out of a cartoon! Tom and Jerry, but instead of the usual cat vs mouse, in this case, it's rat vs rat as the cat waits for the perfect moment. 

I guess you could say its just another average day in the life of the animal kingdom. 



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Photos Of Rats in Hammocks Is The Best Way To Celebrate World Rat Day

Anyone who keeps rats as pets or companions is already in on the secret: these animals are friendly, loyal, intelligent, and very endearing. Unfortunately, they've had a bit of bad press over the years. These are exactly the myths and misconceptions that World Rat Day (celebrated every year on April 4th) hopes to dispel as it celebrates the joys of fancy rats.

We are joining the celebrations with some photos of the cutest rats having fun in hammocks.  

Photos of rats in Hammocks | cute little grey ray wearing an orange knitted hat tied around its neck looking out from a hammock made from a soft blue blanket
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Rat Pack: Where Quality Meets Sewage (29 Rat Memes)

Rates are underrated. Don't believe us? Look it up in the dictionary. 

OK, now that we got that bad joke out of the way, we can continue with our day and enjoy some memes, tweets, and all other silly internet things that make this a quality rat-filled dump. 

So, let us all crawl from out of our dark corners, and marvel at this mega dump. 

rats funny memes tweets animals | sio @bestinsio subway rat made eye contact with and said "join us train comes slide under tracks and feel rumble over us like warm thunderstorm live forever and love live said no thank am too large he turned away cried | Damn kind conditioner she use?
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Ratirement Home Displays "Best And Worst Rat Of The Week"

Welcome to Rachie's Retirement Home! A private rescue organization that specializing in caring for rats who need a new place to live, or permanent care. 

"We take in any rat that needs us; we adopt, where we can, rehabilitated ones out to new pet homes." 

And each week, they post the most well-behaved rat along with who has been the naughtiest. This isn't the first time animal shaming has gone viral! One aquarium in New Zealand is famous for their 'Penguin of the Month' scoreboard! 

Cong-RATS to the best of the week! And to those naughty ones... better luck next week! You can follow Rachie's Retirement Home on Facebook and be completely up to date on the 'Best and Worst Rat of the Week'.


rats rat best worst ratirement care rescue animals naughty funny lol cute | Rachie's Ratirement Home's Best and Worst Rat Week Best! Worst! Mary Bear Pretended be pregnant so her foster carer spoiled her month Is soft and warm like mashed potato
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It’s Mouse Day: These Memes Will Change Your Mind About Them

Fancy Rat & Mouse Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate these beautiful creatures. Not to be confused with wild (black) rats, the Fancy Rat is the domesticated brown rat; while the Fancy Mouse is the domesticated form of the house mouse. Both can be very smart and affectionate and make ideal pets, particularly for children. 

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Woman Creates Tiny Mattresses For Rats Including Matching Pajamas

Mattresses? More like rattresses! 'Rattresses' is what Etsy shop owner, Lord Duncan the Rat, calls her tiny and adorable mattresses -- especially made for rats. Unfortunately, the model and inspiration behind these cute mattresses, Lord Duncan himself, has sadly passed away just a month ago. 

This isn't the first creative rat we've seen that has passed too soon. Darius, the famous-painting rat, also passed in early 2019. 

Both Lord Duncan and Darius live on through the creativity of their owners and the hearts of animal lovers from around the world! 

 

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New Study Shows Rats Can Learn To Drive Tiny Cars To Collect Food

Researchers at the University of Richmond in Virginia have managed to train rats to drive a tiny car with Froot Loops used as a reward, proving their brains are more flexible than previously thought.


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17 Rats Cuddling Miniature Teddy Bears.. That's All.

Stop the presses! This rats cuddling with tiny (and big) teddy bears is all you need to jump-start those heartstrings! We had no idea how much we needed these insanely adorable images in our lives. Rats cuddling miniature teddy bears might just be our new favorite thing!

Pictures taken by Jessica Florence, Ellen van Deelen and Stacey Popandopulo.

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This video sums up beautifully yet sadly our humanity or in other words, modern day slavery. They can't tell you what to do, but they definitely can tell you how to do it. 

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This Twitter Page Is All About Cute Rats Doing Cute Things

In order to properly celebrate world rat day, we have searched twitter to find some cute rat tweets and we did! #iGotRats is the perfect place for anyone who's looking for some awww photos to start the day with! 

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