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Chinese farmers have finally caught a 3-foot-long, 11-pound rat that had been terrorizing the city of Shaoyang, according to Yahoo News. Apparently the enormous rat, which was 10 times the weight of an average rat, had been active in Shaoyang for some time, hunting and eating 7-pound fish whole. Eventually, local farmers teamed up to catch the "ratzilla" and put an end to its reign of humongous rodent terror. In parts of China, rat is considered highly nutritious and is often eaten, so the farmers who brought the ratzilla down then dressed...

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - The latest species to join Dutch police is hard at work behind the blacked-out windows of a building in Rotterdam: rats learning to sniff out crime and a new forensic future. Derrick, Thomson and Thompson, Magnum and Poirot, all named after fictional detectives, are being groomed to help police not only keep the streets clean but also save time and money. "As far as we know we're the first in the world to train rats to be used in police investigations," said Mark Wiebes, who heads the Dutch police...

Rats are increasingly popular pets, according to Kenneth Miller, writing in this week's Parade. His daughter has allergies to other pets, but it turns out, not to rats. The author was reluctant at first to get a rodent, because he associated them with things like the Black Death, but his daughter prevailed. She wanted a pet! RELATED: I Would Hop 500 Miles There are plenty of adoptable rats listed on Petfinder in the small and furry category. Before making a decision to adopt, though, read about their care. RELATED: 5 Tips For Saving Money On Rabbit Care You may also wonder if your other pets, particularly cats, can tolerate living with a rat in the house. According to blogger Jelena...

Who's Cutest? Subway Rats vs. Pet Rats

We're sure you already have it marked in your cat calendars, but today is World Rat Day, a holiday dedicated to giving these misunderstood critters a time to shine. Rats typically can be found in two places: in homes, amusing owners with their antics, or browsing the grub abandoned in subway stations. But who is the better…

Studies show that many pets, including rats, use sniffing as a form of communication. For example, rats use sniffing as a way to show dominance and to avoid aggression. Since we do not see our personal pets sniffing throughout the day, it is hard to believe that it is their form of communication. However, if observing a rat, you'll notice that they sniff a lot. Watch the very interesting video below!...

As New York City continues to put the pieces back together after Hurricane Sandy, a variety of concerns are starting to come to the surface. According to Scientific American, many New Yorkers are worried about what effect the natural disaster has had on the rats the populate the city. City dwellers are wondering how the rodents fared with the significant flooding throughout the city and subways. Another concern is that those that survived Sandy will be a special breed of super rat recently found in Brooklyn. These vermin...