This is unbelievable a rat taking its bath,
It’s very easy to look at an animal mimicking a human-like behavior and think “Wow! That animal is doing a human thing! It looks so cute and happy” (because humans are so cute and happy, right?) That is almost never the case. If an animal looks weird, it probably is weird—and not in a good way.
Take this new “shower rat” video that everyone is sharing. There is a rat (actually, more likely a pacarana, the South American rodent), covered in what looks like soap, standing in a tub. It scrubs at its armpits and rubs its face. It looks just like it’s taking a human-style shower.
Why does the rat pacarana look so weird while it is “cleaning itself?” Probably because it’s not cleaning itself, at least, not in the purposely soaped itself up like a human kind of way.
“The movements are pretty strange,” Tuomas Aivelo, researcher in Urban Rat biology at the University of Helsinki in Finland told GBEDUCITY MEDIA. “A rat wouldn’t do that unless there’s something it really wants to get rid of. I think it’s soapy all over. That’s probably a problem for the rat. It just wants to get rid of the soap.”
Maybe whatever it’s scrubbing at is uncomfortable, or even an irritant. “It’s totally possible,” said Aivelo, when I asked if the rat was in pain.