The rat it’s a mammalian animal that measures about thirty centimeters and weighs about three hundred grams. It’s about a rodent: it has long incisor teeth that do not stop growing and, therefore, make the animal have to gnaw (wear them when used with hard objects).
The long tail, the body Covered with gray hair, a pointed snout and stiff ears are other characteristics of rats, which have two short forelegs and two longer hind legs.
Due to their fecundity and adaptability, rats are present almost everywhere in the world. This animal is usually considered as a plague as it destroys crops and can transmit diseases serious to the human being.
In cities, rats often feed on food discarded by the man and insects. In rural settings, it is common for them to eat roots, vegetables, birds and small mammals. There are species of rats that even resort to cannibalism, eating each other.
Although the human being try to chase, catch and exterminate rats, they are animals of great agility they can sneak around and hide in little holes. They can climb vertical walls, jump great distances, dig, and even swim. They are also able to orient themselves in the dark.
Despite the fact that in the West the rat is an animal that is persecuted and identified for negative aspects, this is not the case in certain parts of the East. A good example of this is that it is part of the Chinese calendar, where it is associated with really positive values such as intelligence, wealth, order, cunning or even charisma. However, it is also true that, in the same way, it is sometimes linked to other less optimal issues such as war or obscurantism.
Within the world of cinema and television, for example, rats have taken a certain role and have become animals with a certain role. A good example of this can be seen in the cartoon series “Ninja Turtles”, where the master of these is none other than a very wise rat who goes by the name of Splinter or Splinter.
In the same way, one of the most important animated films of recent years, in terms of success, is “Ratatouille”, which tells the story of a rat who dreams of becoming a great chef in the kitchen. That will lead him to make a deal with a clumsy teenager named Alfredo so that the two of them can achieve their dreams at Gusteau’s Restaurant.
In the same way, we cannot ignore that there are other meanings of the term at hand. Thus, for example, it is also used to refer to a ponytail with little hair and that is small and even a type of pocket that a dress can have.
When the notion of rat is applied to an individual, it is being described as penny pincher or even of Bad person: “Don’t be a rat, admission to the concert only costs fifty pesos”, “I recommend you not get together with Miguel: he is a real rat”.