Friday, October 21, 2005

The smartest rat in the world

I love this:

A rat released on a deserted island off New Zealand outsmarted scientists and evaded traps, baits and sniffer dogs before being captured four months later on a neighboring island, researchers said on Wednesday.

Scientists from the University of Auckland in New Zealand released the Norway rat on the 23.5-acre island of Motuhoropapa to find out why rats are so difficult to eradicate.

They got more than they bargained for.

I post this in memory of my pet rat Eddie, who died a few years ago. A wonderful little creature. Sometimes it's nice to see humans get what they deserve. (For more, see Karel Capek's wonderful novel War With the Newts.)

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