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After death-defying mine escape, India village prays for ‘rat-hole’ miracle

Saheb Ali felt an icy wind, saw a wall of water hurtling towards him and desperately held on to an electric cable to avoid becoming one of the 15 men trapped for more than two weeks in a remote Indian mine. The missing workers were cut off when water from a river poured into the illegal Ksan mine -- a disaster that has made headlines amid increasingly desperate efforts to save the group. Among them were three of Saheb's friends -- fellow so-called "rat-hole" miners from the same impoverished village -- whose fate…

Freshly-caught rat at top of holiday menu in Indian market

Freshly-caught rat is at the top of the holiday menu for crowds flocking to a market in northeastern India that specialises in rodents from local fields. Destined to be boiled, skinned and then cooked in a spicy gravy, rat is more popular than chicken and pork with customers at the Sunday market in the village of Kumarikata in Assam state. Shoppers buy hundreds of freshly caught and skinned rats that local farmers say are hunted to avoid damage to their fields in the state which borders Bhutan. The ready-roasted kind…

UK student discovers 145 million-year-old ‘rat’ teeth

LONDON: A student at a British university has uncovered teeth from rat-like creatures who lived 145 million years ago and have distant links to humans, a scientific journal reported Tuesday.  The discovery was made on the coast of Dorset, southwest England, by undergraduate Grant Smith as he sifted through rocks at the University of Portsmouth. "Quite unexpectedly he found not one but two quite remarkable teeth of a type never before seen from rocks of this age," said Steve Sweetman, a research fellow at the…

WATCH: Terrified cop caught on CCTV camera running away from tiny rat

Have you ever seen a burly cop fearing a tiny creature like rat? Well, a police officer in uniform from Florida has left everyone in splits for something hilariously extra-ordinary. The officer was caught running away from a rat in the funniest video. Touted as a CCTV capture from the St Petersburg Police Department in Florida, this video – that’s doing the rounds in social media – shows the brawny officer’s rendezvous with a tiny rodent, in which not only does he run away from it, but also comes back treading steadily…

Rat ‘tied up as punishment’ for eating food from shop

BEIJING: Animal cruelty was taken to a new level in a Chinese city where a rat was ‘tied up and shamed’ after it was caught eating rice from a corner shop. The rodent was caught by the man who runs the shop in Heyuan City, in southern China. Yellow notes were also hung around the animal’s body, with one saying: ‘I am only capable of so much. Even if you beat me to death, I will never admit that I stole your rice.’ In the next photo, the rat seems to have changed its stance following what is assumed to be a…

Customer offered discount for ‘rat sighting’ at California restaurant

FOLSOM, Calif: A restaurant in California, Fat's Asia Bistro & Dim Sum Bar, offered a customer a discount on her bill after she saw a rat while dining, according to a Facebook post. Kevin Fat, chief operating officer of the Fat Family Restaurant Group, says he isn't taking the matter lightly, despite the jokes going around Facebook. "In our 14 years in Folsom, we have not experienced something like this before," he told KTXL. The original poster shared a picture of the receipt for a friend who isn't on…