Shooting hoops, fetching money out of your purse and wallet, retrieving a tissue when you sneeze (then tossing the used tissue) — these are some of the smartest stupid pet tricks around. And they’re performed by three clever rats in a YouTube video posted by Abby Roeser.
In the video, Roeser uses clicker training and positive reinforcement to teach Pepper, Blue and Puffin to carry out sometimes-complex tasks, and the results could convert folks who wouldn’t otherwise consider picking rats as pets.
Pepper seems to be the Alpha Rat. She starts off with a basic move: fetch.
The ball game doesn’t end there. She then dunks a basketball.
If this talent is making you emotional, you’ll wish Pepper was with you in person. She could bring you a tissue.
Then throw it away when you’re done.
And if you want to buy rat treats, she can hook you up, too.