Rats! Clever, Caring and Incredibly Cute

Although we don't really give them much thought (and when we do it's often negative) you might be surprised to learn that humans owe rats a lot. Research on these cute furry rodents has given us medical and scientific breakthroughs in areas as diverse as cancer treatments, evolutionary psychology, cybernetics... and even space exploration! A lot of what we now know about ourselves as a species comes from studying rats. All this, and they make great pets too! Despite the way in which they are often portrayed, rats are loyal, intelligent and scrupulously clean animals.