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Oversized Rats Could Take Over Earth After Next Mass Extinction

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In the event of a future mass extinction, rats may be the animals best suited to repopulate the world, some scientists say.


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David C (25)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 12:03 am
(doubleplusUN)well, giant corpo-RATS have already taken over Eaarth and are causing the current Mass Extinction....

Namasté to the more than 200 species who go extinct today !

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 5:16 am
I highly doubt it. We're killing off everything non human now--in the future there will only be our pathetic species+cockroaches.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 8:54 am
I used to think Earth probably wouldn't be here in another ten years.

Now I'm wondering if it may be two years.

I just hope, it will be quick and over with.

Justin Vale (13)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 9:25 am
it's something about the way they can touch every finger with their thumbs. that supposedly gives them the ability to create technology. and only humans care for their young like rats do.
in my early years i was involved in unsavory things and i catered to a lot of boston college students and faculty. a couple were doing studies on rats and i was payed to accompany then on late night incursions into the bowels of the city.
if a female rat nursing young is killed the head honcho rat will take the babies and spread them to different nursing moms. never more than one per mom so has not to overwhelm her.
they are amazing animals. i once opened up a rat's nest in a tree about 40 to 50 feet from the ground and found uncracked chicken eggs in it. how did the rats get them up there without cracking them? they were fresh eggs, i checked.

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Tuesday February 11, 2014, 9:30 am

Freya H (358)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:25 pm
Nope - cats are best equipped to do that. They're smart, they can walk on their hind legs, some of them have extra toes that approach opposable thumbs. Rats may be tough - but guess what critter most enjoys killing and eating rats. A friend of mine had a cat who, at age 18, when completely deaf and suffering kidney and thyroid problems, slew a fairly large rat. And this was a cat who wouldn't mass 3 kilos if she was sopping wet.

But seriously, folks - except for the last two sentences.

When human societies collapse, those who are most like rats, as in being adaptive scavengers, are the most likely to survive. Those of us who are independent and tough will fare far better than the pampered and coddled rich brats, who won't know what to do when Daddy's money is toilet paper.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:42 pm

Roger G (148)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 2:06 pm
noted, thanks

marie C (163)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 4:34 pm
Good news they deserve a chance There will will still be a class distinction even amongst the rats that is something we will never get rid of it is normal

marie C (163)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 4:37 pm
Justin I found your comment fascinating very interesting
Well I do hope they have their time
Please not cockroaches

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 6:17 am
I agree with Natasha.

Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 7:38 am
another cool think about them, and i hope we're talking about sewer rats here. cause i ain't never seen a lab or pet rat with anywhere near the mental capacity of a sewer rat. it's like they're different species. all the older ones have job and apparently somebody hands them out. and they go two tier thinking on jobs cause not only do they cover for each other on jobs, but sometimes a third party is involved in a three shift adjustment to make up for someone missing a shift. what?!!!!
that's two tier thinking, that's two deep to involve a third party in machinations is not instinct. and there is not just the boss rat that all rats just sit up and touch their noses to greet him, there is also an inner circle that the head rat seems to use to delegate, and it includes female rats.
if humans die out, not just all intelligent life i'm talking just human, the rat wins the race anyway. not even chimps will beat them to alpha species.

Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 8:01 am
at the beginning of these studies there was a rat that approached us sniffing around. they thought he was the friendly greedy one. at the end they were convince that his job from the jump was to keep and eye on them.
and i'm the tag-a-long layman high as a kite on weed watching two species that might one day battle for supremacy eyeballing each other.

Sergio P (65)
Friday February 14, 2014, 8:15 am
And huge cockroaches too
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