Among many animals whose intelligence we have begun to comprehend the rat stands tall. Well…sort of tall, metaphorically speaking, at any rate. These two rats, Achilles and Patroclus, are pets. Their human pals have taught them tricks, which they perform with aplomb and apparent eagerness.
Rats do a lot of clean-up work in a world of humans who can be pretty trashy. So even if we don’t appreciate them as pets, we can accord them a certain admiration and respect.