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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:29 AM
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Rat-Squirrel Discovered.


http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/03/09/species.surv...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It has the face of a rat and the tail of a skinny squirrel -- and scientists say this creature discovered living in central Laos is pretty special: It's a species believed to have been extinct for 11 million years.

The long-whiskered rodent made international headlines last spring when biologists declared they'd discovered a new species, nicknamed the Laotian rock rat.

..snip
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:33 AM
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1. Why does this SO appeal to me.
Rat squirrel. There's a story including Bush/Cheney in there.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:27 AM
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4. I know which is which.
It's obvious.
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:48 AM
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9. no, that would be rat-weasel
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 10:48 AM by central scrutinizer
or hyena-skunk
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:41 AM
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2. Have you ever had braised rat-squirrel?
:9
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:53 AM
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3. I prefer it stir fried!
mmmmm!!
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:34 AM
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5. I'd call it a squirrel-rat instead, that way we can name it Squat!
:P
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:43 AM
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6. I like Squirt better!
BTW, Althea looks alot like our Panda!

:hi:
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:49 AM
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11. Hehehehe
Either way works for me.

As to Althea, she's just the lovin'est cat I've ever had. She's not really a lap cat, but she LOVES to curl up under the covers and sleep with you. She'll purr all night long.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:53 AM
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12. Our panda is still a kitten,
and is a total spaz. This is his first spring and the being able to go out on the deck is getting him all amped up.
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:22 AM
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19. So where are the pictures?
:P
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:46 AM
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7. Is it just me
or does that animal look a little like Scrat from "Ice Age"?
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:23 PM
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31. Scrat looked like a tree shrew to me...
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:47 AM
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8. I call squirrels "tree rats" anyway, so this is appropriate!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:48 AM
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10. I call pigeons rats with wings
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:53 AM
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13. That's what both of them are! But... the WORST thing?
I FEED THE DAMNED SQUIRRELS!!!!!! Because my furbabies are inside kitties, but they love to watch the birds and squirrels. It's like Their soaps or Dr. Phil.... so, I feed rats.

Damn Beatrix Potter! If it wasn't for Squirrel Nutkin!!!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:56 AM
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14. Beeeeatrix!!
My cat thinks squirrels are from the otherworld. The squirrels talk about my cat right in front of him. They can be rude. Baby squireels are cute.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:57 AM
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15. One of the little devils climbs on the screen door
and "chatters" in at the cats. They go bonkers!

they also love the deer. They make their little chirping noises and skulk toward the window, like they can take down a full grown deer! They are soooo cute....
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:15 PM
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24. My cat thinks he's a watch dog.
If he hears a car door slam, or strange voices outside on the street, he runs to the window and glares, neck craning, tail swishing and meows like he's a hell's angel. But let the door bell ring, and he dives under the bed and won't come out for an hour.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:21 PM
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25. That's so cute! (my cats hate the door bell, too!)
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:28 PM
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28. Adorable. If he's in my lap and someone rings a doorbell
on tv, I have gouges left in my legs from his hasty retreat.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:03 PM
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29. I had scars on my ear for a year. He PUNCTURED it
All the way through the ear (not earlobe) in three p;laces... because of the damn UPS man...

But... I love my kitty witties...
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:42 PM
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30. The visual is hilarious. Sorry.
That's who usually rings our door bell.

Lately Kamere has been trying to crawl inside my printer when it starts. He's destroyed many documents lately. And he's become a macrobiotic cat on his own. Will not eat fish, meat of any kind. Prefers steamed kale, collards, brown rice, tofu and tempeh. Will lap up miso soup and loves nori. Strange.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:34 PM
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32. No, I laughed about it after my ear stopped bleeding a zillion hours later
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:05 PM
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36. How much is a zillion?
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 08:06 PM by madinmaryland
:shrug:
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:49 PM
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37. Three
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:34 PM
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33. The Chinese word for squirrel means "tree rat."
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:04 AM
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16. C'mon now...we know this animal was placed here in 4004 BC..
On October 26, at 9:00 am

Reverand Usher said so!!!
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RandiFan1290 Donating Member (721 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:11 AM
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17. Vittles!!
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:20 AM
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18. Is that the braised version?
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RandiFan1290 Donating Member (721 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:27 AM
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20. Naturally.
With a side of brined root vegetables.

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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:58 PM
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34. You know what they say,
they always taste batter the second day.
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:25 PM
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21. What does Sonia think of it?
:hi: - just thinking of you guys, hoping you're well and hugs to Sonia!

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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:25 PM
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22. Mildly entertained!
She loves going out on the deck and watching the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. Just as long as Panda is not chasing her around. They spend most of their waking hours chasing each other around and rough-housing. She's an instigator!!!

Have you adopted anymore kittens?

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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:19 PM
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26. we have our hands full, but at least are better situated for more cats...
an entire brood moved in last fall - a mommakitty and her three babies. We'd been feeding MommaKitty, who was a stray (like Sonia) and I could tell she'd just had or was about to have babies and lo and behold, she brought them to us. We've kept them; I couldn't find anyone who responded to my kitty-ads that I'd trust with them, and so we now have more than we bargained for but they're wonderful. They're on the porch watching birdie TV, too...
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:25 PM
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23. There's a difference between rats and squirrels, other than their tails?
They're all cat food, just like hamsters and mice.
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atomic-fly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:23 PM
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27. who knew....I love rat-squirrel
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:05 PM
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35. Kinda cute
My sons had pet ratsos for several years. We had the cool small animal modual cages with tubes to connect each individual unit. The most disgusting thing about the ratsos were their nasty hairless tails. That furry tail makes it a much more appealing creature. Makings of a much cuter rat, doncha think?
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