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Cool Facts About Rats

Fact: Rats are awesome! They’re really smart, too—once they learn how to get from one place to another, they never forget the route. They can even recognize their own names and respond when called. Not everyone treats these intelligent, unique animals with the care and respect that they deserve, though.

Without any laws to protect them, more than 100 million rats and mice lose their lives in U.S. laboratories every year. Others suffer when they’re trapped by humans who find them in their homes or businesses—even though there are animal-friendly ways to trap and release them.