Probably all of you have seen the recent viral video of what appears to be a rat taking a bath. But, according to the rat specialists, things are not what they appear to be, as the animal might not actually enjoy what he’s doing.
Rat Taking a Bath Was In Real Pain
The minute-long video which has recently taken the Internet by surprise depicts a medium-sized rodent which appears to mimic the human behavior associated with bathing. We don’t know too many details about the video, only that it was posted on Reddit by a user from Peru with no description.
While most users commented on how cute the small rodent is, other said that the animal in the picture is not actually a rat and not particularly enjoyed what it was doing at the moment. Rodent biology expert, Dallas Krentzel, declared that the rodent in the minute-long video is a pacarana, a nocturnal rodent endemic to South America.
Pacaranas can be easily distinguished from common rodents by its chunky body, nearly upright position, and flexible limbs. An adult pacarana can reach lengths of 31 inches and can weigh up to 33 lb. Despite their sizes, pacaranas are quite lazy and slow moving.
As for the rat taking a bath video, Krentzel declared that it was behaving oddly, as pacaranas usually lick themselves clean. Krentzel said that based on the rodent’s movements, it could have been in pain or simply uncomfortable, the expert being inclined to the latter explanation.
Given that the rodent was entirely covered by soap or shampoo, probably squeezed by the individual who made the video, it might very well be that the substance irritated its skin and that the poor critter was trying its best to get rid of it.
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