These fascinating creatures are both sub-species of the homosapien family. Subtle, but distinct differences separate the two, however, Rattus Carpeti & Hominous (pronounced om-i-nus) Gracilli share their environment & have similar appearance & behaviour patterns when observed in their natural habitat. Found the world over, the North American variety of the Rug Rat & Yard Ape tend to be more spoiled than their European, Asian, & Southern hemisphere counterparts, & less respectful of the typical pecking order found within the pack. Their small stature & adorable appearance belies the trouble underneath, & provides them with invaluable tools for survival.
The Basic Nature:
The Yard Ape, as it’s name might suggest, is a more boisterous animal, nimble & quick, & can often be seen swinging from chandeliers & climbing atop furniture, always ready to take it’s prey by surprise. The Rug Rat has a sneakier approach, relying on their cunning & wit to survive, often fooling their prey with their beguiling nature, & lulling them in to submission. It can be difficult to tell them apart, but over time, those within their pack will be able to differentiate between the two. Though omnivores by birth, most tend towards the practice of Sugatarianism, & are quite adept at finding any & all sources of sugar for sustenance.
The Typical Habitat:
When observed in their natural environment, one notices the presence of grubby paw prints covering every surface. Upon closer inspection, they seem to have a particular affinity for all things breakable, & often the dwelling is in a state of disrepair. Remnants of any & all food sources are strewn around with little concern for cleanliness, & mounds of laundry & various toys can make the terrain hazardous for all pack members. The Rug Rat & Yard Ape will both resort to sticky spills in which to ensnare their enemy, & use this, along with other household disaster tactics to delay & occupy the pack leader while they make good their escape. They also rely on their ability to emit ear piercing, mind numbing, noises to confuse, anger or befuddle those around them. The creatures themselves are immune to any adverse effects from said noises, & are able to take advantage of these situations either by evoking pity, or temporary insanity in those within range. It can also be noted that other household pets seem to have a fair amount of hostility towards the Yard Ape & Rug Rat, perhaps because the more basic animal nature of these pets can sense the inherent danger of lowering your guard to them.
Though they are indigenous to the area, they are often mislabelled as “exotic” due to the extraordinary expense involved in keeping them. There can be much infighting amongst themselves, as they seem to constantly vie for the time & affection of the pack leader, & oddly, will also engage in battle over inanimate objects. Fresh air & exercise are imperative to their survival, but often they need to be bribed in to leaving their habitat. Presenting these outings in the form of fun, & usually expensive, activities is necessary. A leash is highly recommended. The pack leader will also be required to invest a great deal of their own time in to keeping up with the feeding habits of these ravenous creatures & attempting to keep them on the path of a balanced diet. It’s also worth mentioning that the pack leader has an almost uncanny ability to function with little to no sleep, sometimes for years, an impressive sacrifice for their young.
Leader Of The Pack:
In an effort to tame the oft times aggressive & mischief making behaviour of the Yard Ape or Rug Rat, the pack leader must learn to utilize the tools at hand. Typically the natural environment consists of numerous electronic devices that can be used to dull the senses, creating an almost hypnotic effect, & achieve a period of quiet from these creatures. If the pack leader doesn’t learn to rely on these distractions from time to time, they may find themselves usurped from their position of power for lack of mental agility & physical endurance, which is eventually worn down by the Rug Rats & Yard Apes. Once the leader has lost control, it can be rather difficult to win it back, & they will have to resort to the same ear piercing screams or pity party tears to gain back some footing. When emitted by their elders, these noises do have some effect on the creatures & can result in a modicum of success if used properly.
There seems to be subtle differences from pack to pack, but ultimately, these differences are barely discernible & difficult to measure with any scientific accuracy. This leads to the conclusion that the North American Rug Rats & Yard Apes, whether by nurture or nature, are a predictable species, & as such, can be contained & controlled. There are no indications to support the claim that they should be eradicated as pests, though they could make the endangered species list if they were ever set free to run wild on society. We must rely on the pack leaders to continue in their role of containing, supporting, & nurturing them until such a time as they are ready & prepared to take on a pack of their own. This can take anywhere from 18 to 30 years, thus it is a tremendous & loving sacrifice on the part of the pack leader, one rarely seen in the animal kingdom. Given all the information disseminated here, one can only conclude that these pack leaders are genetically predisposed to be able to form such an attachment & devote their lives to the raising of such annoying & messy creatures.
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