Rat Attack

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Dr. Ken Aplin
Find out what research scientist Ken Aplin does with his time when he isn't hunting down rats with NOVA.

Official Mizoram Website
Read about the culture of the Mizos and see photographs of the scenery, dances, and handicrafts of Mizoram at the official website of this northeastern Indian state.

American Bamboo Society
Bamboo is a hardy plant and a versatile material for crafts and construction. Find information on the "identification, propagation, utilization, culture, and appreciation of bamboo" at the site of the American Bamboo Society.

Rat Management for Rural Communities in Bangladesh
Rats can contaminate food supplies and devastate agricultural crops, even in the absence of a population boom. Read about one group's effort to provide rural communities with a means of controlling the damage.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Learn more about Rattus rattus, one of our planet's least endangered species, at this website from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

What is My Rat Doing?
Can rats vomit? Why do a rat's eyes bulge in and out? Find the answers to these and other questions at this FAQ on rat behavior from RatBehavior.org.


The Book of Bamboo: A Comprehensive Guide to This Remarkable Plant, Its Uses, and Its History
by David Farrelly. Sierra Club Books, 1984.

The Story of Rats: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them
by S. Anthony Barnett. Allen & Unwin, 2002.

What Do You Know About Food Chains and Food Webs?
by Suzanne Slade. PowerKids Press, 2008.

Manual of Grasses
by Frederick Darke and Mark Griffiths. Timber Press, 2003.


"Mankind's New Best Friend?: Trained Giant Rats Sniff Out Land Mines, Tuberculosis"
by Colin Nickerson. The Boston Globe, November 23, 2008.

"Plague of Rats Hits Indian State"
by Subir Bhaumik. BBC News, December 12, 2007.

"A Cane the World Can Lean On"
by Anne Raver. New York Times, July 5, 2007.

"First, Kill the Babies"
by Carl Zimmer. Discover, September 1, 1996.

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