Montana family enjoys having rats as pets – KRTV News in Great …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 18, 2017 in Rat News
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(ARLEE) If you’re looking for a pet that’s clean, has a great personality, and can travel with you on road-trips, have we got a story for you: rats.

One house in Arlee is crawling with them — just the way they like it. “I snuggle with them all the time I like them so much,” Braxtyn said.

For this family, the rat race is a way of life.  “I like rats because they’re cuddly and they literally sit and watch TV with you. My mom at first said ‘No!’ And then we got one and here we are — with two full cages!” Casidy told us.

Sadi Chadwick and her family have dozens of pet rats, all lovingly cared for with their own names and personalities.

“They make wonderful pets. They are like little dogs. You can teach them tricks and potty train them. They can walk on leashes,” Said said. “We’ve taken them on road trips and to the lake and walked with a leash on. They make good pets and are misunderstood.”

But in some circles, rats rule!  They keep the boys and the girls apart, but when love happens, the results are often hard to resist.

“I can’t post a picture of a litter without Facebook going nuts. I have to educate and explain that they have to have a cage mate, they’re social, they cannot be alone, they can get depressed and die,” Sadi said.

There are no dirty rats in the house and you won’t smell a rat either – rats are quite clean. Even so, sometimes people misunderstand this family’s regard for rats.

“They think they’re sewer rats and stuff and that they’re dirty stuff and that they don’t live in good places, but they do,” Skylar said.

“Anytime I get a negative reaction, I invite people to see them. It’s not what you’re thinking, they are not disgusting sewer rats, they clean themselves like cats do,” Sadi said.

History has not always been kind to the rat. But Sadi’s family is – even taking in rescued rats.

One downside to rats: they only live for a few years, so you run the risk of having your heart broken.  

Sadi has a Facebook page called the Chadwick Rattery if you’d like to see more of the little critters.

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Two Decades On, Giant African Rats Still Making Impact in Detecting …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 17, 2017 in Rat News
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MOROGORO, Tanzania — The charity famed for its use of specially trained rats in landmine and tuberculosis detection celebrates its 20th anniversary this week.

Harnessing the highly attuned sense of smell in the African giant pouched rat, the international organization APOPO has spent the last two decades training these affectionate rodents in detecting two of the deadliest threats on the planet: landmines and tuberculosis. Each gives off its own unique smell, undetectable to humans, something which the rats are able to quickly sniff out.

“This is a case where mother nature has built a detection system that, coupled with modern technology, can save lives in places where cost-effective and efficient tools aren’t readily accessible,” says Bart Weetjens, founder of APOPO. “There’s a powerful and life-saving alert system in the little noses of these rats. Even after 20 years of working with them, I’m still in awe of what they can do.”

Two decades ago, Weetjens, a graduate in product design at Antwerp University in Belgium, called his friend Christophe Cox (now APOPO CEO) to tell him about an idea he’d had after watching a documentary about landmines. Weetjens, who as a teenager had trained his own pet rats to find hidden objects for treats, wondered if rats could be trained to find these insidious weapons and free communities from the terror and hardship they cause. Putting together a team of dedicated colleagues and friends at the University, Weetjens presented the project to the Belgian Government in November 1997 and won the organization’s first grant to test the idea. The APOPO project was born, later expanding into tuberculosis detection.

Twenty years later, APOPO (which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development) has now faced the landmine issue in seven countries, including Cambodia, Angola and, notably, Mozambique, where it played a key role in the country achieving ‘mine-free’ status in 2015.

The HeroRATs have helped clear over 106,000 landmines, identified over 12,000 TB-Positive patients who were missed by their clinics, and prevented almost 90,000 potential infections of tuberculosis – today’s biggest infectious disease global killer.

But APOPO has not stopped there. Last year, the organization began a pilot program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to tackle illegal wildlife and hardwood trafficking, specifically focusing on pangolins — one of the world’s most trafficked and endangered animals. A group of HeroRATs began training for this newest mission in Tanzania this month.

What’s Next? APOPO is now looking at opportunities to eliminate landmines in former FARC territories in Colombia, where minimal-metal mines aren’t easily detected by metal detectors, and in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park in Zimbabwe, where APOPO expects to soon begin work detecting mines along important migration routes for elephants, buffalo, lions and other protected wildlife. In addition, APOPO’s TB detection programs are expanding in Tanzania and Mozambique and will soon be operational in Ethiopia. APOPO is also exploring using rats for search and rescue operations, particularly in collapsed buildings, and even in sniffing out brain disease.

The Next 20 Years: Twenty years after the Ottawa landmine treaty was signed, there is still work to be done. To this day, 58 countries are still plagued by as many as 110 million landmines buried in the ground. However, global financial support for mine clearance is declining, necessitating a faster way to find the landmines. APOPO’s goal is to become the go-to resource in accelerating the pace of landmine clearance as the world races to accomplish the Ottawa Treaty target of eliminating all landmines by 2025. In order to do this, APOPO’s HeroRATs could be the key to speeding up the decades long process.

“When we launched APOPO, the common view was that it would take another 500 years to clear all landmines from the Earth’s surface,” APOPO CEO Christophe Cox said. “Twenty years later, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and if the international community fully supports the collaboration of all demining operators, we could clear the remaining minefields by the 2025 mine ban treaty deadline.”

At the same time, more than 1.5 million people die of tuberculosis each year. Over the next several years, APOPO wants to fight tuberculosis at source by launching TB-detection rat facilities in major cities of all 30 high TB-burden countries.

About APOPO
APOPO is an award winning, non-profit International NGO that has developed an innovative method deploying African giant pouched rats, nicknamed “HeroRATs”, to detect landmines and tuberculosis using their extraordinary sense of smell. APOPO’s headquarters, training and research center is based in Morogoro, Tanzania and the HeroRATs detect tuberculosis in Tanzania, Mozambique, and soon Ethiopia.

Article source: https://reliefweb.int/report/united-republic-tanzania/two-decades-giant-african-rats-still-making-impact-detecting

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It’s a crappy job but someone has to do it

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 14, 2017 in Rat News
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When my kids were little, they loved it when I read “Everyone Poops” to them, Taro Gomi’s classic book that, let’s face it, parents read in hopes that it will entice their little ones to finally start using the potty.

At some point, we’re so over having to clean them up and deal with diapers. But we do it for as long as we have to because, well, that’s just what we have to do. When you sign up to become a parent, poop’s part of the job.

Most of us seem to take poop in stride. We clean up after ourselves, our cats, our birds, our pet rats, maybe even an elderly parent in our care. That said, it seems that some people draw a line when it comes to poop. I’m not sure why but some of us just can’t deal with our own dog’s poop — especially on Marin’s trails.

No matter where you go, our beautiful open space is dotted with piles of poop or colorful little poop-filled bags. The bags are so ubiquitous that quirky San Anselmo artist Ralph Lazar even drew one into one of his Mount Tam black-and-white line drawings.

I guess the proliferation of bags means some of us actually do pick up our dog’s poop — sometimes — but that’s it; we just leave the bags on the side of the trail for someone else to throw away. I’m not sure whom we’re expecting to come along and do that, but I guess we have faith someone will.

And someone actually does. Earlier this month Marin supervisors approved a contract for a pet waste removal service they’ve used before to scour our open spaces twice a week to clean up after dog owners and walkers who can’t — dare I say won’t — pick up after their dogs. But, hey — it’s only costing the county $35,000 a year, a pittance in the county’s $555 million budget. I just can’t imagine what else the county could do with $35,000. It’s not like there are other, more pressing needs around here.

True, part of the job is essential — emptying and relining dog waste cans by the open space gates, and restocking the dispensers holding biodegradable pet waste bags. But, still.

You wouldn’t think it’s all that hard to do, pick up poop, but consider that there are thousands of dogs in Marin — 20,218 licensed, according to Marin Humane — and, as Gomi writes, every single one of them poops.

“It’s not an easy job,” Brian Sanford, Marin Open Space District superintendent, told the IJ.

Or pleasant, I suppose. But picking up your own dog’s poop and throwing it away isn’t all that hard. So what, exactly, is the problem?

Marin’s dog walkers “are getting more responsible” about picking up poop, Sanford said, but “we’re not quite there yet.”

No, we’re not.

And it’s not just on the trails because nowadays dogs are everywhere. In malls and stores and cafes — even supermarkets. Maybe some are service dogs and emotional support animals, but probably not all of them. The problem is that pretending your dog is a service dog so you can take them wherever you go puts people with actual disabilities and who really need them at risk. Plus, you know, poop.

I’m a dog lover. I adopted a sweet, shy rescue girl last December. She’s slowly coming out of her shell and learning to trust me. We spend a lot of time together, hanging at the dog park, taking walks, hiking the hills. And on those walks and hikes, she poops and — shocker — I clean it up. When you sign up to become a fur parent, that’s part of the job.

Really, it’s not that hard.

Vicki Larson’s So It Goes runs every other week. Contact her at vlarson@marinij.com and follow her on Twitter at OMG Chronicles.Nit, musquiu

Article source: http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20171113/FEATURES/171119929

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Infection with Rare Virus Traced to Teen’s Pet Rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 12, 2017 in Rat News
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A mother and her daughter in Tennessee were infected with a virus rarely seen in the United States, and the culprit seems to be pet rats.

The two women tested positive for the Seoul virus, according to a new report, published today (Oct. 12) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Seoul virus is part of the Hantavirus family, a group of viruses that typically infect rodents.

The CDC reported in January that there was an outbreak of the virus among rat breeders and owners in Illinois and Wisconsin; that same month, the Tennessee Department of Health was notified of an individual with pet rats from one of the Illinois breeders with infected rats, according to the new report. [10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species]

In fact, the owner of the pet rats, an 18-year-old, had gotten sick in December 2016 with an “unspecified viral illness,” the researchers said. She recovered fully from the virus without treatment. A test on a preserved sample of her blood that had been drawn when she was sick revealed that she had been infected with the Seoul virus.  

The teenager didn’t let health officials test her pet rats for the virus, but the officials presumed that the rodents also had the virus. As such, the officials recommended that the rats be euthanized. Once again, the teen refused. In response, the Tennessee Department of Health prohibited the teen from removing the rats from her home, essentially quarantining the pets. In addition, they educated the teen and her family about the best ways to avoid infection, which include avoiding contact with rodent urine, droppings, saliva and nesting material, according to the report.

But in April, the teen’s 38-year-old mother got sick, too. She went to the emergency room with symptoms including a very high fever of 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit (40.3 degrees Celsius), shortness of breath, fatigue and lack of appetite, the report said. A blood test revealed that she had the Seoul virus. The mother told doctors that she had cleaned up rodent droppings from a bathtub about three weeks before she got sick.

The Seoul virus

The Seoul virus infects brown Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus), which are found worldwide, according to the report. The virus can spread easily between rats, and can also be passed from rats to humans, according to the CDC. As of January, 17 confirmed cases of the Seoul virus in people in the U.S. have been linked to rats from breeders in Illinois, the report said.

However, the virus cannot spread from human to human, according to the CDC.

Severe infections with the Seoul virus can cause a disease called hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, which includes symptoms such as internal bleeding and kidney problems, the CDC says. Most people who are infected with the Seoul virus, however, experience mild or even no symptoms, and the death rate for the disease is approximately 1 or 2 percent, the CDC says.

Indeed, the Seoul virus is less severe than another form of the hantavirus, called the Sin Nombre virus, according to the CDC. The Sin Nombre virus is spread by the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), and it causes a condition called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. These infections can cause severe breathing difficulties that require hospitalization, and the death rate for the disease is about 38 percent, the CDC says.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Article source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/infection-rare-virus-traced-teen-123900212.html

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Top 10 weirdest questions that have been asked about …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 8, 2017 in Rat News
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From pet rats to a separate room for housemaids, these are just two of the wildest and balmiest questions students have been barraging student accommodation provider Student.com’s staff with this year.

But these wacky asks (they have been narrowed down to just 15 in total) are totally understandable, according to Agata Duda, VP of Business Operations at Student.com.

“Accommodation represents a significant cost for the majority of university students – so it’s understandable that most come to us with long lists of questions to make sure they’re making the right choice,” Duda said in a statement.

“The weird and wonderful requests we receive usually come from students who’ve never lived away from home before, or simply want to get as much for their money as possible. Either way, they’re so good that we couldn’t resist sharing them!”

In no particular order, here are the top 10:

1. “Can I bring my pet rat from Argentina?”

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2. “Can you tell me exactly how thick the walls are?”

3. “Can you remove the kitchen from my studio so my rent’s cheaper?”

4. “Is there enough space in the room for my grand piano?”

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5. “Do you know if my flight to Leeds will land at my halls or the airport?”

6. “Do the windows open? How do they open? Horizontally or vertically?”

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7. “I need a room that’s on any floor but the fourth floor.”

8. “I need a room filled with mirrors so I can dance.”

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9. “I need a room overlooking Hyde Park with separate quarters for my maid.”

10. “I only need the room for three months because I’ll be staying in my car for the rest of my course.”

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Top 10 weirdest questions that have been asked about accommodation

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 7, 2017 in Rat News
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From pet rats to a separate room for housemaids, these are just two of the wildest and balmiest questions students have been barraging student accommodation provider Student.com’s staff with this year.

But these wacky asks (they have been narrowed down to just 15 in total) are totally understandable, according to Agata Duda, VP of Business Operations at Student.com.

“Accommodation represents a significant cost for the majority of university students – so it’s understandable that most come to us with long lists of questions to make sure they’re making the right choice,” Duda said in a statement.

“The weird and wonderful requests we receive usually come from students who’ve never lived away from home before, or simply want to get as much for their money as possible. Either way, they’re so good that we couldn’t resist sharing them!”

In no particular order, here are the top 10:

1. “Can I bring my pet rat from Argentina?”

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2. “Can you tell me exactly how thick the walls are?”

3. “Can you remove the kitchen from my studio so my rent’s cheaper?”

4. “Is there enough space in the room for my grand piano?”

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5. “Do you know if my flight to Leeds will land at my halls or the airport?”

6. “Do the windows open? How do they open? Horizontally or vertically?”

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7. “I need a room that’s on any floor but the fourth floor.”

8. “I need a room filled with mirrors so I can dance.”

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9. “I need a room overlooking Hyde Park with separate quarters for my maid.”

10. “I only need the room for three months because I’ll be staying in my car for the rest of my course.”

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Yikes! ‘Biggest rat’ in Riverside is fancy and affectionate …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 4, 2017 in Rat News
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If you’re terrified of rats and mice, stay away from the Woodcrest Community Center in Riverside Saturday.

Thousands of the critters that people often find disgusting will be the center of beloved attention at the American Fancy Rat Mouse Association’s fall show.

“You will see rats and mice of many colors competing in many fun pet classes and fancy show classes,” according to the association. “Pet rats will compete for titles like Most Affectionate, Biggest, Most Laid Back and Most Unusual Markings.”

Pet mice may be a bit more cuddly as they vie for cutest, friendliest, most inquisitive and “Best Pet.”

Association officials said spectators can learn about rats and mice and find out “what makes them fancy.”

The association was founded in 1983 “to promote and encourage the breeding and exhibition of fancy rats and mice, to educate the public on their positive qualities as companion animals and to provide information on their proper care.”

The event is free to the public and judging starts at 11 a.m. at the community center at 17156 Krameria Ave. The rats and mice will wrap up everything by about 4 p.m.

–City News Service

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Joe Schmitt

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 30, 2017 in Rat News
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When Norman Rockwell was commissioned by Nasa to depict the first manned Gemini mission in 1965, the artist included Joe Schmitt as one of the two men helping the astronauts, John Young and Gus Grissom, dress for their space flight.

Just off the centre, but integral to the picture, the depiction of Schmitt was a fair reflection of his long career at the American space agency. As one of Nasa’s first suit technicians, responsible for strapping the astronauts into position before launch, he was among the last people they saw on Earth.

A thin, unassuming man, Schmitt spent a week at Rockwell’s studio in Massachusetts. The artist wanted to examine the suits to capture as much detail as possible. Because they were classified material and…

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Nigerian lady Amanda Baeby Oledibae mourns her two pet rats (photos)

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 27, 2017 in Rat News
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A beautiful Nigerian lady has taken to her social media handle to mourn the death of her two pet rats. They died about two years ago.

The lady who was identified as Amanda Baeby Oladibae on Sunday, October 22, posted pictures of her with the dead rats. She disclosed how much she missed them.

Oladibabe further disclosed how the pet rats changed her life when she got them and how she misses their rush for food.

Nigerian lady Amanda Baeby Oledibae mourns her two pet rats (photos)

Amanda Baeby Oledibae

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Her post reads: “I’ve missed these babies. Eddie and crash, it’s been two years without you two.. I miss everything we had, the midnight plays, the rush for food, the cuddling. Everything ,my life changed the very day you both came along, only if you both were replaceable.”

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In one of the collages Oladibae posted on Facebook, she could be seen kissing one of the rats. The rats also slept on her bed while alive.One of them could be seen using her leg as pillow and while fast asleep.

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Cause of College Park Apartment fire under investigation (VIDEO …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 26, 2017 in Rat News
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Firefighters work on a blaze Oct. 24, 2017.

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Article source: http://www.chroniclet.com/cops-and-courts/2017/10/24/Live-Firefighters-battling-fire-at-College-Park-Apartments.html

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