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Year Of The Rat: Furry Creatures Are Misunderstood, Vet Says
Science Daily 1/30/08:
"Year Of The Rat: Furry Creatures Are Misunderstood, Vet Says"
"It's the Chinese Year of the Rat, and if there's ever been an animal that needed a total image makeover, it's the rat.
Many people loathe rats and associate them with disease and filth hardly a four-star recommendation for the furry creatures. But the truth is, they are highly intelligent animals, have been amazingly beneficial in medicine and can be very affectionate pets, says a Texas A&M University veterinarian and rat expert.
Dr. Kristina Kalivoda, a small animal instructor in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, believes rats are among the most misunderstood of all animals and are not the horror from the sewer people tend to think they are."