“1) Rats are medium-sized rodents with a long tail. A group of rats is called a ‘mischief’!
2) Rats are mainly nocturnal and live underground. Although they vastly outnumber humans, we rarely see them. They are experts at staying out of sight!
3) Throughout human history, rats have travelled with us around the planet, stowing away on boats and settling wherever humans live. They feed on the food we throw away and can spread diseases among humans, like the medieval Black Death, which was spread by fleas that lived on rats.
4) Rats’ super-strong teeth never stop growing! They have to keep nibbling to wear them down – or eating would become impossible!
5) Their whiskers are more sensitive than human fingertips! Rats brush the long hairs against objects or the floor, helping them build up a detailed picture of their environment.”
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