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Old 3rd June 2022, 11:43 AM   #1
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Trained Rats to Be Sent Into Earthquake Debris Wearing Tiny Backpacks With Microphone

Maybe I'm wrong, but there seems to be a consensus (amongst us humans anyway) that rats are disgusting. I can't really argue with that, but this article certainly gives that idea a little twist...

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Trained Rats to Be Sent Into Earthquake Debris Wearing Tiny Backpacks With Microphones
Simona Kitanovska, Zenger News (2022-06-03)



Rats are being trained to be sent into earthquake debris wearing tiny backpacks outfitted with microphones so rescue teams can talk to survivors.

The innovative project is being worked on by research scientist Dr. Donna Kean, 33, from Glasgow, Scotland.

So far, seven rats have been trained, taking only two weeks to get them up to speed.

At the moment, homemade prototype backpacks containing a microphone are being used, and scientists are sending them into mock debris.

Specialist backpacks containing microphones and video gear as well as location trackers will be created to allow rescue teams to communicate with survivors during real earthquakes...

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Old 3rd June 2022, 11:52 AM   #2
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I can't imagine being trapped in rubble, unable to move your arms and have a rat appear.

I guess it it had a red jacket-thing on it might help.
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Old 3rd June 2022, 12:10 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
I can't imagine being trapped in rubble, unable to move your arms and have a rat appear.

I guess it it had a red jacket-thing on it might help.
I certainly can't argue with that either, especially if it started talking to you through the microphone (or singing, "Here I come to save the day. Mighty Mouse is on his way," in a, you know, Andy Kaufman voice), but I found a news video of the training that they go through, and they don't seem to be BIG rats, but still...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...ris/vi-AAY2eQq

The first video is the one to watch, but there are other videos after it that are also interesting.
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I should also point out the HeroRats who have been clearing minefields for many years. Same species of rat I believe. Very intelligent and trainable.
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Old 3rd June 2022, 01:14 PM   #5
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I should also point out the HeroRats who have been clearing minefields for many years. Same species of rat I believe. Very intelligent and trainable.
Will Ratcatcher 2 from "Suicide Squad" (the second movie) be in charge of the training?
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There's a whole web site and everything. It's a while since I read it. The charity is a favourite nominated charity of a friend of mine, so I've occasionally chipped in for them.
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I should also point out the HeroRats who have been clearing minefields for many years. Same species of rat I believe. Very intelligent and trainable.
This. My first reaction to the title was Magawa, now alas deceased.
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I should also point out the HeroRats who have been clearing minefields for many years. Same species of rat I believe. Very intelligent and trainable.
Thank you for the added info.
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I saw a film a while back where the rats were quartering cordoned-off patches guided by their handlers, then coming back eagerly for a peanut when they indicated a spot where they'd smelled a mine.
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I saw a film a while back where the rats were quartering cordoned-off patches guided by their handlers, then coming back eagerly for a peanut when they indicated a spot where they'd smelled a mine.
Hey, it was the rats that saved the world by taking down Starro in "Suicide Squad".
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
I can't imagine being trapped in rubble, unable to move your arms and have a rat appear.

I guess it it had a red jacket-thing on it might help.
Seems like an odd time to be picky.
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I wonder if the cute little microphones will pick up the screams of the victims as their faces are devoured by rats.
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I think rats are kind of cute, and would be even cuter with red vests and backpacks.

But wild rats are rather mean. If they grow up with humans, though, they can be quite friendly.
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I wonder if the cute little microphones will pick up the screams of the victims as their faces are devoured by rats.
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Originally Posted by AmyStrange View Post
Maybe I'm wrong, but there seems to be a consensus (amongst us humans anyway) that rats are disgusting. I can't really argue with that, but this article certainly gives that idea a little twist...
That's quite debatable, but before I get in to that here are rats being trained to drive cars for mental studies:

Another ETA: Warning: You'll see a rat brain briefly if you watch.

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Rats are a domesticated animal kept as pets almost as frequently as gerbils and hamsters. I'd argue that anyone who thinks they want a gerbil or hamster would probably be better off with Rat. Just get one that has been bred to be a pet and not snake food. The snake food ones aren't raised to socialize properly.

Rats socialize, are trainable, keep a human schedule, housebreak and clean nearly as well as cats. Their association with the plague is disputed and even so they are less of flee risk than cats or dogs. They are probably less of a flee risk than other humans since they are generally an indoor pet.

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Originally Posted by AmyStrange View Post
Maybe I'm wrong, but there seems to be a consensus (amongst us humans anyway) that rats are disgusting. I can't really argue with that, but this article certainly gives that idea a little twist...
To add to what RecoveringYuppy said, rats in the wild are seen as disgusting mostly because they live among human debris and castoffs. In captivity, and when kept as pets, they are actually extremely fastidious and clean, spending a significant part of every waking period grooming themselves and each other.
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Rats are a domesticated animal kept as pets almost as frequently as gerbils and hamsters. I'd argue that anyone who thinks they want a gerbil or hamster would probably be better off with Rat.
And as it turns out, gerbils and hamsters are both illegal to keep in Australia. If you're in the market for a small, easy to keep mammal as a pet, rats are perfect.
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Originally Posted by RecoveringYuppy View Post

Rats socialize, are trainable, keep a human schedule, housebreak and clean nearly as well as cats. Their association with the plague is disputed and even so they are less of flee risk than cats or dogs. They are probably less of a flee risk than other humans since they are generally an indoor pet.
They are probably a flee risk if you don't cage them.
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They are probably a flee risk if you don't cage them.
I like that. I couldn't think of a way to make that joke myself when I finally saw that.
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