Rat Hears Woman Sneezing, Runs To Grab Her A Tissue

Sure, some people might think of rats as being more icky than intelligent. But folks who know these rodents best can tell you there's a remarkable brain behind those little beady eyes of theirs.

Here to prove that is a clever rat named Pepper. With a bit of training from his owner, Abby Roeser, he's learned how to be the perfect gentleman.

When he hears the sound of Abby sneezing, Pepper leaps into action - to fetch her a tissue.

Pepper is not the only rodent capable of shattering negative stereotypes about his kind. In fact, Abby owns several rats whom she's taught a variety of tricks that demonstrate their astuteness and skill.

Here's a video of Pepper and his friends in action.

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It just goes to show how wrong many people are about what rats are capable of. All it takes to realize their full potential is time, love and, of course, some snacks.

"I train my pet rats using clicker training and positive reinforcement. Their favorite treats are Cheerios, but they also enjoy working for dog treats, peas, and dinner leftovers," writes Abby.

"My rats are from various sources, if you are interested in getting pet rats, check local SPCA's and rats rescues."

Click here to find an adoptable rodent in your area.