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RODENTS can be trained to use tools and understand their functions, a Japanese study said today, challenging a view that only primates and some birds are smart enough.
Six adult "degus" rodents, a kind of small rat, were trained at a laboratory at the Japanese government-funded RIKEN research institute and all of them were able to use a tiny T-shaped rake to retrieve food, it said.
In one test they were given two tools - a familiar functional rake and a non-functional tool that lacked a blade or had a raised blade. They chose the functional one without hesitation in most cases.
Originally posted by Sacreligion
Apparently there's more to why some ancient and even modern people worship rats! I think that sometimes humans as a whole undermine the power of life and it blinds us of what some "lesser creatures" are capable of and their importance to the cycle of life.