Pictured here is what appear to be a hairless rat that is taking a very nice bath in a sink. The most known species of rats are the brown rat, and the black rat.
Brown rats are what we see today most commonly as pet rats, it is also the dominant rat in North America and in Europe. They are the most common breed of rat, and, through selective breeding, have been used to produce what is now a common day lab rat. It is believed that this breed of rat, which does inhabit every continent except Antarctica, was originally from Northern China.
Originating in tropical Asia the black rat didn’t reach Europe until the 1st century. Black rats are in fact considered to be one of the most invasive species of all time, known as “a passive traveler” black rats were over the course of history transported across the world as humans expanded their knowledge of it. They managed this by sneaking onto ships and acting as little stowaways, then upon landing would leave the ship in search of food and begin making whatever new land they were on their home.
Of course this little rat here appears to be very health conscious, washing himself right up in a stream of clean water, however not all rats are that considerate when it comes to their personal hygiene.
Known most commonly for their extensive help in spreading the bubonic plague, rats have a unique ability to carry and spread many diseases. This ability comes from their blood, which for some reason, is able to hold infectious bacteria without killing or severely hindering the rats own ability to survive. It was with the helps of rats that the bubonic plague was able to sweep through Europe in the 14th century, and killed approximately twenty-five million people, which was about sixty percent of the European population at that time. Rats also helped with the spread of the Spanish influenza in 1918. Thanks to the trenches of World War I, which were teaming with dead bodies and served as a penultimate breeding ground for the disease, rats helped the returning soldiers to carry home with them across Europe and North America, the Spanish influenza. A disease which at the time killed between 50 to 100 million people in the span of a year, a death toll which was in fact higher than the approximate 40 million people who had lost their lives in the First World War.
Though black rats are known to be more invasive than brown rats, rats in general are an extremely invasive species. One of the reasons why rats are such a big threat as a invasive species is because they are omnivores which feed on small insects, seeds, etc. and interrupt the preexisting food chain. Their short reproductive periods also allow for massive booms in population, which increases the need for food consumption, thus limiting what the food chain can provide to the animals who originated in that area.#gif#Animals#Rat#WhiteRat#CuteRat#Meme#Anime#Cute#Funny#Gif#LOL#cutenessoverload#FunnyPics#animallovers#cuteanimals#cuteness#animaloftheday#AwesomeGif#StunningGif#AmazingGif#gifoftheday#gifofthedayindeed#gifoftheweek#AnnimatedGif#trendingnow