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Posts Tagged ‘rats’

Not many people like rats, do you?

Hero landmine -sniffing rats are saving human lives in Africa

 

OK so most people are not fans of rodents but this should show that even rats can have a real purpose in the scheme of things. Can you name all the animals that lend humans a hand on a daily basis? So we have helper dogs, monkeys, ferrets, parrots, snakes, miniature horses and pigs. I had to post that information from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD).

So before you start thinking that snakes or ferrets don’t have a place, think about how much a service animal can help someone who really wants independence.

The ADA defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

 

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Lyme Disease – the debate

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Great article on debate whether Lyme Disease is a chronic disease. Study may suggest some correlation to Global Warming – OK I said it. Lyme Disease also imitates other nefarious like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and mulitple sclerosis.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/06/lyme-disease-debate-can-condition-be-chronic/?intcmp=ob_homepage_dont_miss&intcmp=obnetwork

Do all rats scavenge for food, are they opportunistic?

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I have a friend that had a detached garage, he was doing some work and noticed that the dog food bag had a hole. He did some investigating and found that he had some rodents doing some hoarding. They were hoarding under cabinets and the stand for the hot water tank. They are crafty and will hide food for times of famine. What can you do?

  1. Store food in metal containers
  2. Check garage for entry points
  3. Check garage doors for tight seals

If you notice activity take measures immediately to limit their availability of food and shelter.

Gerbils or rats, which caused the Plague?

Study: Gerbils, not rats, brought plague to Europe

 

Climate data may clear the Black Rats from the scourge of the Plague.

Another weird little animal from Texas

Carnivorous mice that howl likes wolves

The northern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys leucogaster) is rather squat and blocky, has a white tummy and a white tip to its short tail. They’re not fast runners but are very agile – able to twist and turn to subdue prey in their longer-and-stronger-than-average jaws.

Isn’t it great to hear and read about cool stuff like this, thank goodness they aren’t real big. But anyway that’s why I’m here, to pass along stories like these.

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