mittensmorgul:

fuck-benedict-cumberbatch:

thewhisperinglady:

flowerfistandbestialwail:

In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

“A New Model of Empathy: The Rat” by David Brown, Washington Post

OH MY.

this just in: rats are more humane than humans

I used to have two pet rats. When the older started showing signs of advanced age (she was almost 4 which is ancient for a fancy rat), the younger began tending to her meticulously. She brought food, groomed and comforted her friend. They were inseparable for the last week or so of Ratty’s life, cuddled together with Junior playing nursemaid. Now everyone look over there. I seem to have something in both of my eyes.

(via thebadindian)

Little chicken ball

More indoor foliage pictures. I wish I had dark green walls so it’s feels more woodsy in this room. More indoor foliage pictures. I wish I had dark green walls so it’s feels more woodsy in this room. More indoor foliage pictures. I wish I had dark green walls so it’s feels more woodsy in this room.

More indoor foliage pictures. I wish I had dark green walls so it’s feels more woodsy in this room.

I’m being watched…

Liberate tuteme ex enferis.

Lazy Sunday afternoon

Messy beak!