Category Archives: Rodents

16th Street NOMS

Observed on 8th Street, between S and T, Shaw, D.C.:

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They’re Models, Not Mimics: NY Times Calls For An Unfunded Research Mandate

Have to disagree with the Grey Lady about this (boldface mine): Scientific research has a gender gap, and not just among humans. In many disciplines, the animals used to study diseases and drugs are overwhelmingly male, which may significantly reduce … Continue reading

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Escaped Pet or Wild?

A couple weeks ago I found this specimen at the corner of Arlington and Marlborough streets in Back Bay, and it looked remarkably healthy, well-groomed, and nit-free for a ‘free-range’ individual. It also seemed very calm around a human (that … Continue reading

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I Know Beavers Are Important Ecosystem Engineers…

…but, based on the below specimen, I’m having a hard time believing it. You see, beavers can have massive effects on ecosystems: Beavers are famously busy, and they turn their talents to reengineering the landscape as few other animals can. … Continue reading

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That Is Not a Squirrel

Observed on the Boston Common, Beacon Street side at around 7pm: What’s that? Let’s get a little closer: Yup. Not a squirrel. Rather bold for a rat.

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A Very Unique TB Diagnostic

Oh rats!
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