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Amusing Monday: Rats take to water like surfers

September 9th, 2013 by cdunagan

I’m on vacation this week, but I wanted to bring you an amusing entry, so I reached back to Sept. 28, 2009, when I published the following:

I’ve never owned a pet rat or a pet mouse, so I don’t know if surfing comes naturally to these little animals. But I have to say that I was impressed with a few select videos of surfing rodents.

The first, in the viewer at right, is called “The Radical Rodents.” There is also the Radical Rodents 2 (click here).

These creatures seem more comfortable around water than Twiggy, the famous water-skiing squirrel. I won’t bother with you with those videos. Nor will I trouble you with videos of surfing cats, which seem to be freaked out by the surfing experience, despite claims of their owners.

I will, however, share with you a video of a surfing dog, which seems quite comfortable in the sport.

If you’d like to find out if pet rats enjoy water, check out the story in the London Daily Mail from October of last year.

If you want to observe whether rats like water, take a look at this video of rats playing in water and this one of rats diving for food. If you have a pet rat and want to teach him or her to love the water, check out this instructional video.

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