An Incredible video of a mom rat saving her baby from a snake
A mother is most soft-hearted when it comes to loving her baby, but she can become equally ferocious when it comes to protecting her baby. And this is true, not just for human mothers, but also for animal moms. They also take care of their babies in the best possible way and can go to the lengths of facing even death, to protect their offspring. Here you are going to witness an amazing video of a mom rat, which fought an epic battle with a snake to protect her baby.
1 The motherly instinct
The incident was caught on camera on June 26 in Naples, Italy, by Rojas Montecinos Evy, who posted this video originally on Facebook. In what can be termed as a life-and-death kind of a situation, the mother rat ferociously attacked a snake, who was slithering away with the baby rat or pup in its mouth. The video has been viewed more than 19 million times and has become viral.
2 The Incredible Video of an Epic Battle
As you can see, the mother rat followed the snake, which had the pup in its mouth. The mother attacked as strongly as she could before the pup could be swallowed by the snake. Usually, snakes consume their prey immediately and seldom do they carry it away, unless, they are disturbed. Here, possibly, the snake might have eaten the pup, but the mother of the pup jumped into action before the snake could eat it. The snake dropped the pup after being attacked, and the mother rat kept on with her fight till the snake went into the bushes. And amazingly enough, the rat actually made sure that the snake was gone and then came back to take its baby with her. Take a look at the video below, to be amazed at the actions of the mom rat.
A biologist, studying small mammals at the University of Miami, Dana Krempels told National Geographic that rats actually can be pretty ferocious, as they themselves are predators, who can kill things. And here, the mother had a lot to lose. Krempels added, “Half of her genes were wandering away, and all he’s going to lose is his lunch.” According to the biologist, the snake might have been a type of a non-venomous racer and certainly wasn’t big or powerful enough and thus, gave up without fighting.
3 How could the mother attack so brilliantly?
Well, this is a known fact among humans, that a mother can go to any lengths to save and protect her child. Same is the case with rats. In fact, mother rats and even other rodent mothers have maternal feelings, because of which, they take care of their babies. Most of them build nests, give food to their babies, keep them clean and warm, and retrieve them if they wander away and save them from any danger.
They have an innate drive which makes them fight physically to save their babies, especially when the babies are lactating. All this happens because of the changes happening in the brain and also because of an increase in the levels of hormone oxytocin, which occurs after giving birth.
So, now you know, they also have the same kind of maternal feelings, and this was the reason, why this particular rat fought with a snake. Next time, if you see a baby and mommy rat somewhere, then never even think of harming the baby as you never know, the mother rat can attack you too.