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  • You're probably familiar with rats because they live pretty much everywhere.

    你對老鼠一定不陌生,因為牠們住滿天下!

  • But here are five facts you didn't know about our furry, rodent friends.

    但以下關於我們這些毛茸茸、齧齒類朋友的五個冷知識,你也許不知道。

  • Number one, New York City may have the biggest rat infestation in the world.

    第一項,紐約市算是世界上鼠害最為嚴重的地區。

  • If you haven't seen the hilarious but horrifying videos of New York rats on YouTube,

    若你沒看過 YouTube 上那些跟紐約老鼠有關,又好笑又可怕的影片的話,

  • you're gonna wanna check them out.

    你最好趕緊上網看看。

  • In one of them, a person is asleep on a subway bench while a rat climbs up his leg and onto his lap.

    在某部影片中,有個人坐在地鐵中的椅子上睡著了,然後有隻老鼠爬到他腿上。

  • NYC has declared a war on rats, and budgeted more than half a million to an anti-rat program.

    紐約市已經向鼠患宣戰,並撥了超過五十萬美元的預算來實施滅鼠計劃。

  • Number two, rats can swim up the pipes into your toilet bowl.

    第二項,老鼠能夠通過水管游到你家馬桶。

  • It's a rare occurrence, but a frightening reality in towns with older sewage systems.

    雖然鮮少發生,但在汙水系統較為老舊的城鎮裏的確會發生這樣的可怕事件。

  • Rats can get lost in the pipes and tread water for days, seeking a way out.

    有時候老鼠會在水管中迷路,並持續游泳好幾天,努力找尋出口。

  • If you ever encounter one in your toilet, just know that it's very tired from swimming, and probably won't be aggressive.

    所以如果你不小心在你家馬桶發現了一隻老鼠,想想牠游了這麼久勢必也很累了, 也許牠就不會太兇。

  • But still, I mean, don't touch that.

    但是,聽我說,還是不要碰牠比較好。

  • Number three, there is a Rat Island off the coast of Alaska, and it used to be full of rats.

    第三項,在阿拉斯加州岸外有個「老鼠島」。上面以前曾經全爬滿了老鼠。

  • In 1780, a Japanese boat shipwrecked there and a few rats who were on board quickly overran the native species, including some endangered birds, like the bald eagle.

    1780 年,一艘來自日本的船隻觸礁,住在船上幾隻老鼠游到島上迅速繁殖,危害了島上的原有物種, 包括瀕危的鳥類,例如禿鷹。

  • But in 2010, the US Fish and Wildlife Service eradicated the rats on Rat Island.

    到了 2010 年,美國魚類及野生動物管理局根除了「老鼠島」上的所有的老鼠。

  • So now the name is just ironic, and very cool.

    所以現在「老鼠島」這個稱呼就純屬諷刺意味,但同時也是個很酷的名稱。

  • Number four, a rat's front teeth can grow five inches in a year.

    第四項,老鼠的門牙一年可以長出五英吋。

  • That's why they're always gnawing on things, to grind them down.

    這也是為什麼牠們總是在咬東西,因為要磨牙。

  • The teeth can grow fast or slow, depending on the rat's diet.

    每隻老鼠不同的飲食習慣,也會影響牙齒成長快慢。

  • And rats don't get cavities because they just get worn away as the teeth grow.

    而且老鼠不會蛀牙。因為隨著牙齒長長,蛀牙也會慢慢被磨掉。

  • Number five, scientists say that rats can laugh and they can dream.

    第五項,科學家說老鼠會笑,還會做夢。

  • Dr. Jaak Panksepp from Washington State University says that rats emit a high frequency chirp when they play together, or when a hand tickles them.

    華盛頓州立大學的 Jaak Panksepp 教授說,當老鼠玩在一塊時會發出高頻率的唧唧聲,被搔癢的時候也會發出同樣的聲音。

  • And at MIT, scientists say that their lab rats were dreaming of running a maze.

    麻省理工學院的科學家們說,他們實驗室裡的老鼠曾夢到自己在跑迷宮。

  • They recognized the same brain wave activity in sleeping rats that occurred in wakeful rats that are running a maze.

    科學家對這些睡夢中的老鼠進行了一番腦波觀測,發現牠們的腦波和清醒著跑迷宮的老鼠的腦波是一模一樣的。

  • Have you ever seen a rat in your toilet bowl?

    你曾在你家馬桶內看過老鼠嗎?

  • Tell us your story in the comments.

    請在下方留言中和我們分享你的故事。

  • And don't forget to subscribe to Animalist.

    別忘了訂閱 Animalist。

  • And if you're still craving knowledge of new stuff, head over to "Life Noggin",

    若你對其他新鮮事也有興趣的話,也可以留意「Life Noggin」頻道。

  • a show that educates you on pop culture, science, art, and history.

    在那裡,你可以學習很多關於流行文化、科學、藝術和歷史的知識。

  • New episodes every Monday.

    我們會固定在每週一更新影片。

You're probably familiar with rats because they live pretty much everywhere.

你對老鼠一定不陌生,因為牠們住滿天下!

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