Rats have evolved with humans for thousands of years, and they’re perfectly happy with our co-existence. But rats don’t just live alongside humans – they share surprisingly similar characteristics.
Many people know that rats have an incredible jumping ability, flexible nature, exploratory instinct, astonishing stamina and a climate-controlling tail – but these little critters are also extremely clever.
Rats consciously think. They can identify and avoid a rat trap and even strategize an entry-and-exit plan. These rodents can stop, take a break and recall events from the past.
And even more fascinating? Rats have individual personalities and are incredibly self-aware. Depending on their pedigree and upbringing, they can be depressed or in good spirits. Rats enjoy sex. They often squeal when tickled and dream in their sleep. They take pleasure in socializing and exploring. Some studies show that rats can actually sigh in relief. They can even learn to desire the same drugs that humans often do, like nicotine, alcohol and amphetamine.
So are these rodents rat-tastic or repulsive? Be sure to watch Rat Genius on Nat Geo WILD, Wednesday April 28th at 10 PM ET/PT.