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(Toronto Sun)   300 rats removed from Ohio apartment now up for adoption by rat rescue group. In other news, there are rat rescue groups   (torontosun.com ) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-02 10:18:41 AM  
In other news, there are rat rescue groups

Yes, we are rat rescue group. No, that is not a snake tail sticking out of my sleeve. We are rescuers.
 
2014-08-02 10:45:37 AM  
Pet rats? Different strokes etc. A wild rat in or around my house? You better believe the pellet gun is coming out.
 
2014-08-02 11:10:07 AM  
THIS!

IS!

AN INFESTATION!
 
2014-08-02 11:10:20 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Approves
 
2014-08-02 11:10:49 AM  
Approves

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2014-08-02 11:11:53 AM  

HighlanderRPI: Approves

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Bslim: 1.bp.blogspot.com


Well that's an odd near similpost...
 
2014-08-02 11:12:24 AM  

ZAZ: In other news, there are rat rescue groups

Yes, we are rat rescue group. No, that is not a snake tail sticking out of my sleeve. We are rescuers.


This.
 
2014-08-02 11:12:45 AM  
I have a cat who would willingly adopt a few.
 
2014-08-02 11:13:27 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: HighlanderRPI: Approves

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Bslim: 1.bp.blogspot.com

Well that's an odd near similpost...


How about that!
 
2014-08-02 11:14:30 AM  

Bslim: How about that!


They didn't have a warrant

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-02 11:20:57 AM  
In other other news, Ohio does not have its own tag on Fark.com

This should put them a lot closer.
 
2014-08-02 11:29:22 AM  
Certainly some Chinese or Korean restaurant will just "adopt" them all?
 
2014-08-02 11:31:22 AM  
Give them nothing! But take from them everything!
 
2014-08-02 11:31:45 AM  
I noticed a few weeks ago a crazy lady on my FB with a menagerie of rescue animals was posting about how cute it was that her rescue cat was salivating over her rescue mice.

At least she wasnt trying to push others to take in the mice like she does with dogs (often with those she'll post dogs from random states that are about to be put down). :(
 
2014-08-02 11:32:14 AM  
So which group was it? The Rescue Rangers? The Wonder Pets? Diego and Baby Jaguar? I just hope it was a legitimate organization and not Professor Ratigan looking for new recruits for his gang. Toon Town has enough troubles nowadays with the Disney/Universal turf wars and the dip huffing epidemic in the schools.
 
2014-08-02 11:36:45 AM  
Oh, Hai! I have come to eatrescue teh morsels.
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2014-08-02 11:37:52 AM  
To be fair, rats are trainable and docile pets. And their poops are tiny. Kinda smelly, though.
 
2014-08-02 11:38:04 AM  
My nephew had a pet rat, much like dogs, domesticated rats  have been bred for many generations to be better pets than their feral ancestors.
I wouldn't have considered a pet rat before seeing one for myself, but now I would.
The biggest downside is their short lifespan and fragile health.
 
2014-08-02 11:39:48 AM  
Needs more ketchup.

emilycontois.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-02 11:42:21 AM  

PirateFreedom: My nephew had a pet rat, much like dogs, domesticated rats have been bred for many generations to be better pets than their feral ancestors.
I wouldn't have considered a pet rat before seeing one for myself, but now I would.


They are very cute and rather intelligent for something of their size.

PirateFreedom: The biggest downside is their short lifespan and fragile health.


So much this... especially those from big stores like Petsmart and the like. I've had four rats, and three have had major health issues (two fatal, one has a cancerous tumor).
 
2014-08-02 11:47:48 AM  
What about the rescuers down under?
 
2014-08-02 11:48:56 AM  
How did they fit that many Italian Mob snitches in one apartment?
 
2014-08-02 12:03:34 PM  
Welcome to Raturday, home of Ohio
 
2014-08-02 12:03:47 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: To be fair, rats are trainable and docile pets. And their poops are tiny. Kinda smelly, though.


They're a lot better behaved that gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, or rabbits. And unlike mice, can control their bowel movements. I had several that were trained to ride on my shoulder, one that would wear a tiny little bandana and another that would leap on command. The domestic rats are only half the size of wild ones and clearly lacking most feral aggression. Rabbits, on the other hand...I'd rather have my hand attacked by a cat than a rabbit.

I've always wondered about the efficacy of testing how cancerous something is on rats because back when I kept them as pets, half died of cancerous tumours by the time they were seniors.
 
2014-08-02 12:04:58 PM  
FunkOut:

I've always wondered about the efficacy of testing how cancerous something is on rats because back when I kept them as pets, half died of cancerous tumours by the time they were seniors.

farking control groups how do they work!?
 
2014-08-02 12:05:22 PM  
Pet peeve, but for every damn "rescue" organization that puts out food and provides medical care etcetera...

Can we just provide contraception so that there's a few zillion animals not suffering?

A little background...

I go down to Florida for family business every year, and as part of that spend some time with my crazy cat lady aunt.

She loves cats and works at a no-kill shelter and so on. She also spends two days a week filling up jugs of water, mixing up dry and gushy food, and driving around in the woods across from the Daytona Speedway feeding a gigantic colony of cats. The local charitable organizations can spay/neuter a few cats a month, but we're talking hundreds, with more added all the time.

I helped her with this once. First thing I did when I got back was to look up kitty contraceptives. Turns out there's one that works on all mammals, it's the same thing humans take in pill form. For other mammals, it's available in a form that can be mushed up in food. I donated a chunk of money to the shelter she worked at just for that.

It's a beautiful solution. The cats don't breed, nor do the rats, voles, moles and raccoons that also go for the food. If your focus on cats, you can finally start to spay them faster than they breed. Far better solution than just feeding them.
 
2014-08-02 12:08:14 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: FunkOut:

I've always wondered about the efficacy of testing how cancerous something is on rats because back when I kept them as pets, half died of cancerous tumours by the time they were seniors.

farking control groups how do they work!?


Wouldn't it be easier just to test on something that doesn't spontaneously explode into tumours at least 50% of the time? Rats just seem to be cancer machines.
 
2014-08-02 12:09:21 PM  
img.fark.net
And this is the little rat I had that would wear a bandana. (He did have a long tail, it's just behind him in the photo).
 
2014-08-02 12:31:26 PM  
Because this is a rat thread

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2014-08-02 12:53:48 PM  

FunkOut: And this is the little rat I had that would wear a bandana. (He did have a long tail, it's just behind him in the photo).


Aaaawwww, how cute!!!

My rat story was rat lab in college. We trained them to use the Skinner boxes. I named mine Geddy Lee (cuz of the nose). Unfortunately, many of the rats in the class died very suddenly (some kind of rat cold is what the professor said). We got replacements and I named mine Geddy Lee Jr. (Yes, I know, cool story.)

Off topic: are those hats hand knit? Love the pattern. (Working on a Fair Isle one now.)
 
2014-08-02 12:56:52 PM  
My son had pet rats. I wasn't thrilled, but soon came to love our "biddies". They were smart, cute, and one would spin in circles on command. They both died from cancer.

/csb
 
2014-08-02 01:03:51 PM  
Without the rat rescue I couldn't keep the snake rescue up and running.
 
2014-08-02 01:10:12 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: FunkOut: And this is the little rat I had that would wear a bandana. (He did have a long tail, it's just behind him in the photo).

Aaaawwww, how cute!!!

My rat story was rat lab in college. We trained them to use the Skinner boxes. I named mine Geddy Lee (cuz of the nose). Unfortunately, many of the rats in the class died very suddenly (some kind of rat cold is what the professor said). We got replacements and I named mine Geddy Lee Jr. (Yes, I know, cool story.)

Off topic: are those hats hand knit? Love the pattern. (Working on a Fair Isle one now.)


Yes, those are some of my hats. I do a lot of Celtic patterned ones.

I had a pair of hairless rats that were brothers that lived in a little plastic igloo, I named them Bob and Doug McKenzie.
 
2014-08-02 01:21:57 PM  

FunkOut: Plant Rights Activist: FunkOut:

I've always wondered about the efficacy of testing how cancerous something is on rats because back when I kept them as pets, half died of cancerous tumours by the time they were seniors.

farking control groups how do they work!?

Wouldn't it be easier just to test on something that doesn't spontaneously explode into tumours at least 50% of the time? Rats just seem to be cancer machines.


The carcinogenicity work on rats today is a whole lot more subtle than the cruder experiments in the 1970s.  Once they realized that rats got spontaneous tumors way more often than humans, they began to be more selective and watched  wherethe tumors were found and if a pattern could be distinguished.

The fact that there are still points of contention on how tumors form makes this job even harder.
 
2014-08-02 01:37:04 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-02 01:45:16 PM  
The answer being no.
 
2014-08-02 01:47:04 PM  
Came for the Willard reference, got the remake so I guess that counts for something.
 
2014-08-02 01:55:19 PM  
I was a member of this back in the 80s.  http://www.afrma.org
Nothing more amusing than the judging at a rat and mouse show.
 
2014-08-02 02:07:26 PM  
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Bitey?
 
2014-08-02 02:11:56 PM  
I got my rats from a Rattieratz rescue. One of my boys is almost 3 1/2 years old now. Rats make the best pets. Better than dogs or cats for sure.
 
2014-08-02 02:17:14 PM  
pet rats are awesome, but only live 2-3 years
 
2014-08-02 02:18:31 PM  
/CSB

I have a relative who helped out with the rat rehab of ~2000 rats that were rounded up on an episode of "Hoarders".  Personally, I can think of better things to do with my time, than rehab a bunch of rats that are probably halfway done with their two year lifespan...  But I guess it gives them something to do.  I guess.

(I don't like rats, so I probably would have nuked the house from orbit)

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2011/01/rat_rescue_ ca lifornia_010311.html

/End CSB
 
2014-08-02 02:29:18 PM  
so if they only live 2-3 years, when they go tumorous or what not will they die before they have no quality of life or do you need to euthanize them?

If euthanasia is needed is it cheap for rats?  I have heard that with small animals you can put them in a big bucket and introduce a small container into which you put baking soda and vinegar to smother with CO2.

I just can't imagine spending a bunch of money on a rat.
 
2014-08-02 02:43:07 PM  

Oztemprom: so if they only live 2-3 years, when they go tumorous or what not will they die before they have no quality of life or do you need to euthanize them?

If euthanasia is needed is it cheap for rats?  I have heard that with small animals you can put them in a big bucket and introduce a small container into which you put baking soda and vinegar to smother with CO2.

I just can't imagine spending a bunch of money on a rat.


dry ice in a container works. its what my scientist neighbor does

/he has his own lab and is gov't funded
//sometimes he gets to keep the control
///and they are very socialized and behaved for vermin
 
2014-08-02 02:45:10 PM  
300 rats + hammer + sewing machine = one of a kind rat coat.
 
2014-08-02 02:45:49 PM  

Oztemprom: so if they only live 2-3 years, when they go tumorous or what not will they die before they have no quality of life or do you need to euthanize them?

If euthanasia is needed is it cheap for rats?  I have heard that with small animals you can put them in a big bucket and introduce a small container into which you put baking soda and vinegar to smother with CO2.

I just can't imagine spending a bunch of money on a rat.


Walt Disney frowns on your shenanigans!
 
2014-08-02 02:53:52 PM  
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Rat rescue group
 
2014-08-02 03:17:43 PM  
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What? Wrong rat?
 
2014-08-02 03:25:40 PM  

skinink: How did they fit that many Italian Mob snitches in one apartment?


Once Vito the Chopper got through with them...
 
2014-08-02 03:34:31 PM  
Teacher wants the kids to use each letter of the alphabet in a word. She starts with A and Little Johnny raises his hand. "No" she thinks, "he'll say asshole." She calls on Mary who says 'apple'. She moves on down the alphabet, rejecting Little Johnny every time, thinking he'll say biatch for B, cu*t for C, dickhead for D, ad nauseum. She finally gets to R and can't think of a bad word that starts with that letter. There's Little Johnny still wildly waving his hand.

"Yes, Johnny?"

"Rats! With balls THE SIZE OF FU*KING WATERMELONS!"
 
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