Saturday, September 22, 2012
Disney's fabled mickey mouse at Avilon Zoo, Rizal. The rat, Rattus rattus mindanensis (field rat) and Rattus rattus norvigicus (city rat) is the worst disease carrier, mainly Bubonic Plague that killed one-third of the population of Europe in the Dark Ages.
It is also the most destructive pest of crops and scorn of housewives.
Yet it is the most revered animal in the world of fantasy of Disney and in traditional India and other countries.
It is also the most experimented animal, replacing the Guinea pig, in medicine, biology, and even in the social sciences.
The story of the Pied Piper, the rat exterminator of Hamlin, Germany, is alive in classrooms and cinema. The rat belongs to a large group - rodents, to which the rabbit was once classified. Photo by Abe V Rotor, Canon EOS 350D Two worlds of the rat - most loved and most dreaded