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Video footage demonstrates how rats swim up sewer pipes and into toilets

Rats are excellent swimmers.

Rats are excellent swimmers.

A video, filmed by National Geographic, has revealed several skills that rats use to swim up sewer pipes and into toilets.

According to the article, published online, rats can tread water for three days straight and they can hold their breath underwater for three minutes.

They can also fit into tiny spaces thanks to their ribs, which are hinged at the spine and collapse when squeezed. They’ve been known to get through holes about the same size as a 10 cent coin.

This also helps to explain how rats twist and manoeuvre through narrow toilet pipes.

You can read the rest of the article and watch the video here.

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