Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rats Are Lovers, Not Runners

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Rats are more interested in making babies than winning a rat race.

On April 17, at the 36th Annual Running of the Rodents competition, teams of students and administrators at Spalding University in Lousville, Kentucky, will be racing rats.

The teams train their rats for more than a month to prepare for the rat race, but once the race starts, it turns out many of the rodents prefer sex to running.

Spokesperson Rick Barney says, “Some of the rats are more interested in making baby rats, but they eventually make it around the track.”

Contestant Amanda Lucas has encountered difficulties with her stubborn rat, Rick Shaw, as well.

She says, “In the beginning she would bite. Now she won’t come out of the starting gate. She just cleans herself or sits there. She even jumped off the track once and hid behind a Coke machine. Once she’s out of the gate though, she’s great.”

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