Latest Rodents News

SpaceX delivers 'mighty mice,' worms, robot to space station

Dec. 8, 2019 9:10 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound “mighty mice,” pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. The station commander, Italy's Luca Parmitano, used a large robot arm to grab onto the Dragon...

Dog spooked by sealion is rescued from remote Pacific island

Nov. 29, 2019 2:31 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Things first started to go wrong for Flint the rat-sniffing dog when a sealion charged at him. It emerged from the scrub, lurching and bellowing, full of aggression. Spooked, he ran from his handler and no amount of calling or whistling could lure him back. Flint was lost and...

Melania Trump defends rights of Baltimore teens to boo her

Nov. 26, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Melania Trump on Tuesday defended the rights of teenagers who booed her when she addressed them in Baltimore, a city her husband, President Donald Trump, has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.” She traveled there to urge hundreds of middle and high school students to...

Pet shop owner says suspects threw stolen guinea pig at him

Nov. 18, 2019 7:38 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and 19-year-old and Jaimee Pack on Saturday tried to smuggle out the animals from Pet Paradise without paying....

Survey finds gain in endangered red squirrel population

Nov. 16, 2019 12:18 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Wildlife officials say an endangered squirrel subspecies in southeastern Arizona is fighting its way back after much of its mountain habitat was burned by a 2017 wildfire. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the Mount Graham red squirrel’s population is stabilizing, with a 4%...

Maryland's attorney general sues Kushner apartment company

Oct. 23, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's attorney general on Wednesday sued a real estate company once run by President Donald Trump's son-in-law over allegedly illegal and harmful rental practices, including the kind of rodent infestations the president has accused Baltimore leaders of failing to address....

Police remove 3 kids, 245 animals from 'deplorable' home

Oct. 21, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida removed three children and 245 animals from a home after a wellness check. An Edgewater police statement says it was "immediately evident neither the children, nor the animals were being cared for properly." Officers said the 8-, 9-, and 10-year-old children were...

San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats

Oct. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the...