Rats get a hard time from us humans. We catch them in traps, associate them with illness and jump on a chair and scream when we see them.
We do not like them so much that we even use his name as an insult (although, to be fair, we also use the dog as an insult, and we all fucking love them).
But a certain kind of rat earned himself some prestige after a high-speed camera caught their reflection impressive agility and evasive skills to dodge rattlesnake attack.
Kangaroo rat has one hell of a spring to them, as you may have guessed, but the true extent of their incredible maneuvers were caught on camera – reportedly the first time – US scientists in Sanoran desert, Yuma, Arizona.
In the picture you can see the rats, seemingly oblivious to their own business, not paying attention to the snakes, hidden in close proximity to them (it's at night). How snaps attack to kill, it seems certain that death is waiting, but miraculously, rats can occur in the air and hit the snake in the neck (this is when snakes have neck .. they are like one big neck actually) before making good their escape.
The so-called ninja rat does rattlesnakes look abnormal. Credit: Ninja Rat
Their strange elimination methods earned them the nickname "ninja rat", which apparently is pretty cool, but their movements even more impressive when you consider the rate at which they are carried out.
Footage was shot using high-speed cameras operating at 500 frames per second, and we are only able to evaluate their dexterity, since the video slowed down 30 times. For some context, little ninja can only react 70 milliseconds, while the average person blinks takes about 150 milliseconds – so blink and you might miss it twice.
The study was conducted in collaboration between the University of California, Riverside, San Diego State University and UC Davis, and was published in the journal Functional Ecology and Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
A team of scientists used the trackers track rattlesnakes and then install high-speed camera, like a predator, they were poised, ready to strike when passing kangaroo rats.
Associate Professor University of California Riverside, Timothy Higham, said that the footage was offered the rats evolved techniques to avoid being killed.
According to ITV, he said: "These lightning fast and powerful maneuvers, especially when performing in nature, tell us about effective strategies to escape predators highly.
"Those with the & # 39 are successful in avoiding the strike will be offered ways in which the kangaroo rat may be evolving in response to the subtleties of the predatory movements."
Recommended Credit Image: Ninja Rat