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In the Hindu religion, rats represent foresight and prudence, and white ones are very lucky. Mooshika is the name of the steed that Ganesh - god of new beginnings and of fire, knowledge, wisdom, literature and worldly success - rides upon. The steed, of course, is the intelligent and gentle rat. “Mooshika” means “little hoarder.”

Dans la religion hindoue, les rats représentent la prévoyance et la prudence, les blancs étant considérés comme particulièrement chanceux. Mooshika est le nom du destrier de Ganesh – dieu des nouveaux départs, du feu, du savoir, de la sagesse, de la littérature et du succès matériel. Ce destrier, bien sûr, est un digne représentant de la race douce et intelligente des rats. Le nom ''Mooshika'' signifie petit amasseur.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Smithsonian has a rat exhibit!

The National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, DC, has had an exhibit for Norway rats - your favourite regular kind of wild rat - with three females: Donut, Muffin, and Cupcake. If you happen to pass through on  your travels (or even live there), you have an extra incentive, beyond the panda exhibit, to go :-)

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Rat Tickling study is back: further insights

The Washington Post just published an article on rat tickling and "joy jumps," and how rats are ticklish when relaxed but resistant when anxious. They are also a lot more like humans regarding tickling than we knew. Read on for why!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Happy Feast of St. Francis!

This morning I came across this Franciscan blessing. St. Francis was there for me when I first started my rodent rescue in 2004, and the inspiration lives on. Twelve years later, this world is already different for animals around the world, and our current Pope Francis holds their interests and the care of Earth in high enough esteem that he wrote an encyclical, Laudato Si, about it.   


May God bless you with a restless discomfort 
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, 
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger 
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, 
so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, 
and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears 
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, 
or the loss of all that they cherish, 
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them 
and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness 
to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, 
so that you are able, with God’s grace, 
to do what others claim cannot be done.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8