Rats

Meet the 'Ninja rats' of the Arizona desert

Dr Rulon Clark studies how rats can leap in the air to escape deadly snake attacks
Dr Rulon Clark and his colleagues at San Diego State University have been studying rats that have developped a way to escape deadly snake attacks - by leaping in the air, kicking and bouncing. Dr Rulon Clark nicknamed them "Ninja rats". 

Image: a Ninja rat leaping in the air to escape deadly snake attacks
Credit: Youtube.com/ninjarats

The 'Ninja rats' taking on snakes - and winning

Dr Rulon Clark studies how rats can leap in the air to escape deadly snake attacks
Dr Rulon Clark grew up loving snakes - but is behind the recent viral videos of amazing rats. Along with colleagues at the San Diego State University, he's been filming rats taking on venomous snakes in the Arizona desert. Who wins? The clue is in the rodent's new nickname: 'Ninja rat'.  Emily Webb spoke to Dr Rulon for Outlook.

Image: a 'Ninja Rat' in the Arizona desert
Credit: Youtube.com/ninjarats
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Dead rats used to smuggle prison contraband

Dead rats used to smuggle drugs, phones and contraband into HMP Guys Marsh
Drugs, tobacco and mobile phones were smuggled into a prison stuffed inside dead rats.

The contraband was sewn into the bodies of three rats found by officers in early March in the grounds of HMP Guys Marsh near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Sarah Rigby from the Prison Officers Association, the union representing officers in the South West knows Guys Marsh prison well and explained how prisoners used this gruesome method and other means to smuggle in the prohibited items.