Old World Rats and Mice

After month in space, only few mice survive Mars research mission

A mouse space traveller in its enclosure before the launch

A month-long mission into space in a Russian capsule had a tragic outcome for two dozen or more mice and eight gerbils that perished during an attempt to establish how well organisms withstand extended flights.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 3:00am

Rodents make easy-to-keep companions for children

Rodents may conjure up nightmarish images of plague-infested pests scurrying about and causing havoc in homes. Nonetheless, one look at these cute creatures is enough to change minds.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Weird, wacky Rat Race brings in HK$2.43m

Buzz Lightyear swung in mid-air on a rope, devils chased Spiderman and Super Mario fought for birthday presents with faceless green men.

It might sound like a jumble of animated movie scenes but the characters came alive in yesterday's Central Rat Race, which this year raised a record HK$2.43 million for the mental health charity Mindset.

25 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Rise of the rats linked to poor hygiene

On the list of urban nuisances, rats rank somewhere below high rents and above loud neighbours. This summer, though, they seem determined to make it to the top spot.

Rat attacks have sent three people to hospital in the past two months alone. In Happy Valley, rats were seen scurrying across a children's playground during daytime.

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Woman bitten by rat in Central alley

It was a case of the Central Rat Race minus the costumes and laughs yesterday afternoon when a rat nipped a Briton's ankle and scurried away, leaving the woman in tears.

The woman, wearing flip-flops, was bitten at 1.15pm while waiting for a friend who was visiting a cobbler in an alley in Pedder Street near a Central MTR exit.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Tale with a morale may bore

An animation that is too difficult and long-winded for young children to understand, The Tale of Despereaux offers a very important lesson about living in harmony with others.

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

The real Mickey Mouse and his friends

The real Mickey Mouse

Jerboas look like mice with kangaroo legs. They have big ears, big eyes, a round body with soft silky brown and beige fur, a long tail with a tuft of fur on the end, long legs and big feet.

Because of its looks, this cute little rodent is nicknamed 'The Mickey Mouse of the desert'.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Learning to live with rodents, like it or not

New York

Drats, the rat is back. At the end of last month, New York's Department of Health took new steps to eradicate the city's growing rat population.

It had become so bad that some experts believed there were 12 rats for each of the 8 million New Yorkers. That's a lot of rat.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Rats infesting zoo may be health threat to other animals, microbiologist warns

The city's oldest urban zoo has become infested with rats that have been seen living and sharing food with the wild animals kept inside.

Their presence at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden in Central prompted a microbiology professor to warn that infectious diseases might be passed from the rats to other animals.

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Animal stories - short and sweet

The Tale of Chester Choi The Tale of Run Run Rat

Sarah Brennan

Sarah Brennan returns with yet more amusing and truly enjoyable children's stories in rhyme. Her characters come to life with the help of illustrator and South China Morning Post cartoonist Harry Harrison.

8 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Joining the Rat Race

Council of Social Service chief executive Christine Fang Meng-sang (third from left) helps publicise the third annual Central Rat Race, to be held in October in Exchange Square. All the donations from the event, which will see businesspeople pass briefcases in a 2.5km relay, will go to Mindset, a charity that raises awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

26 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Man's best friend develops taste for rats, mice in Inner Mongolia

Catching mice is not generally on a dog's resume, but a rodent disaster on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia is forcing herders to send sheepdogs to do a cat's job, China Radio reports.

Hundreds of millions of rats and mice are chewing their way through traditional pastures in the autonomous region, and herders have responded by training their dogs to hunt the rodents down.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

I would say the international standard for biological safety of egg-freezing is still not very mature.

Human Reproductive Technology Council member William So Wai-ki, warning Hong Kong women not to rush into having their eggs frozen, despite improving technology

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Live rats? Sorry, we can't help you

District councillors had no option but to destroy and dispose of 17 rats caught on Tuesday night.

They called the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's 24-hour hotline, but the answer was: 'Sorry, we don't have any guidelines regarding live rats. We only have guidelines on handling dead rats.'

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

A tail of two cities

Andrew Sze Wai-chun reckons he caught a kindred spirit red-handed - or pink-pawed - in his kitchen the other night. The 35-year-old teacher switched on the light, and there was a rat, as big as a cat, on his countertop.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

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