Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) grooming on rock surrounded by water. Captive, UK
Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) grooming on rock surrounded by water. Captive, UK

This is a good piece from BBC Earth.Rats will save each other rather than eat chocolate. Would you have guessed that?

The article says, “In other words, our willingness to save others is an ancient trait, which modern humans have inherited.” … So, it’s not a human-only trait but one we inherited from our elder brethren, the animals? Just as I always thought!

I do NOT like the tests the humans inflicted on the rats to gain this knowledge. Why do we always have to hurt, stress, kill things in order to learn? We must be really stupid, nothing else in nature learns this way. I’m here thanking those poor rats who went through that kind of torture so the dumb humans could learn something. Animals go through an awful lot to teach us what must be a PhD in the bleedin’ obvious to them!

We think we’re top of the tree, got all the social habits, are caring and considerate. We make derogatory remarks like “Like an animal”, “the dirty rat”, ‘he’s a pig, ” she’s a bitch”, “like a dog”, “what a beast” … Hmmm! Just shows how ignorant we are …