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Just as humans lament not pursuing a lover or bemoan having eaten that extra slice of chocolate cake, rats may experience feelings of regret, too, new research suggests. Credit: Getty Creative When rats were given the option of visiting rooms that contained different foods, and they skipped a good deal for a worse one, they glanced back at the former room, rushed through eating the snack and were more likely to tolerate longer wait times for what they considered the more desirable food , researchers found. PHOTOS: Rate the Subway Rat Furthermore, the rats' brain activity represented the missed opportunity, suggesting the animals were, in fact, experiencing regret over their choice. (7...

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...