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Black Rat
2007-10-24 12:45:46

The Black Rat (Rattus rattus), also known as the Asian Black Rat, Ship Rat, Roof Rat or House Rat, is a common long-tailed rodent of the genus Rattus (Old World rodents). The species originally came from the tropical areas of Asia, but eventually spread throughout the Near East in Roman times before reaching Europe by the 6th century and spreading with Europeans across the world. Today,...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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