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When it comes to being prey in the animal kingdom, rats only seem to survive due to sheer numbers.
Whether it's a barn owl swooping in on a baby or a snake sneaking into their lair, rats seem to be an easy meal.
Check out the above video to see why it's so hard to be a rat.
Poor ratties… they may be gross to some people but (the ones that aren't disease riddled) are pretty cute if you ask us.
In Northern India, there is a Hindu temple dedicated to worshipping the deity Karni Mata.
Though she isn't the only deity worshipped at this temple… 15,000 rats live like kings inside.
They believe that the rats are reincarnated people who will eventually die and be reborn as humans.
But until then, the rats are cared for and fed by the priests of the temple.
We can't stop cringing.
A man in India was a pneumonia patient at a hospital in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
When his family members arrived for a visit, they found him in a pool of blood with no medical staff around.
One of the man's relatives said:
"No nurse was found at the scene and he was writhing in pain. His penis had been nibbled by rats."
The relative also said the hospital staff had:
"[…] admitted the presence of rats in the hospital."
The man was pronounced dead shortly after the family discovered him.
This is terrible.
We hope some serious changes are implemented at the hospital.
No one should ever have to suffer such an awful way to die.
[Image courtesy of Xavier Rossi/APOPO/WENN.]
If you can't seem to stop eating potato chips, don't feel bad — it's only natural!
Scientists have recently discovered why we just can't get enough of the snack that has been proven to add over a pound a every four years to those indulging in one serving a day.
It turns out our bodies are naturally addicted to potato chips and other junk food because of marijuana-like chemicals in the body, called endocannabinoids, that are triggered by the ingestion of fat.
Researchers at the University of California found that when rats tasted something fatty, cells in their upper gut started producing endocannabinoids which initiated a surge in cell signalling that prompted the wanton intake of fatty foods.
From an evolutionary standpoint, scientists see this bodily phenomena as a way of compelling animals to consume crucial fats necessary for proper cell functioning, which are often scarce in nature.
However, we all know that fat is entirely too easy to come by in our unnatural society, so this research is pointing toward possibly using drugs to block receptors to obstruct endocannabinoid activity and curb our desire for fatty food!
It sounds like scientists may FINALLY be close to developing a diet pill that actually works!
[Image via AP Images.]
Yoda, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua from Hanford, Ca, has won the dubious accolade of being crowned the World's Ugliest Dog Friday night amongst stiff competition.
With her one eye, sparse tufty hair and protruding tongue Yoda managed to wow the judges at the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair, beating out last year's winner, a one-eyed Chihuahua called Princess Abby, a hairless little Chihuahua called Handsome Hector with a tongue to match Yoda's inch for inch, a one-eyed pug and several other unfortunate looking, but clearly loved, little pooches.
But, Yoda's story very nearly didn't have the happy ending that it has as owner Terry Schumacher revealed she found her abandoned and scared out in an alley.
Terry says at first glance she thought Yoda was a rat. LOL!
[Image via WENN.]