squirrel v. rat
Aw, look at the cute squirrel. See how he clutches his food with his mouth. See those big eyes darting around. And see that big bushy tail flitter back and forth, acting as a ballast.
Now look at the rat, specifically, the city-dweller. See how it clutches its food with its mouth. See those big eyes darting around. And see that long, slender tail flitter back and forth, acting as a ballast.
So how did the squirrel get to be cute and the rat get to be vermin? How do squirrels get to be fed by the hands of small children under the watchful eyes of their smiling parents, while rats get exterminated by the thousands by municipal pest control programs? Let’s go down the list.
Both are rodents? Check.
Both eat garbage left behind by humans? Check.
Now I don’t believe we should allow city rats to breed with impunity (oh wait, they do anyway despite our best efforts). And the squirrel isn’t a disease vector like the city rat. But any rodent that lives on garbage can’t be that clean. Just goes to show that it’s all about perception.