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Video Captures Playful Labradoodle and Daring Rat’s Surprising Encounter



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  • A playful Labradoodle named Lambo, and a daring rat have a surprising encounter, captured in a viral TikTok video.
  • The video, which has garnered over half a million views, shows both animals curiously observing each other from opposite sides of a chicken-wire fence.
  • Commenters speculate the rat may have toxoplasmosis, a disease that can alter rodent behavior, due to its unusual fearlessness.

There’s something universally delightful about watching our furry friends engage in their playful antics. Dogs, in particular, have a knack for turning even the most mundane activities into a source of amusement. One such instance was recently captured in a video shared on TikTok by the account @labradoodlelambo.

In the video, a Labradoodle named Lambo is seen eagerly trying to engage with a rat on the other side of a chicken-wire fence. The rat, rather than fleeing, leaps onto the fence to get a better look at Lambo. The two animals, separated by the barrier, sit inches apart, seemingly fascinated by each other.


Lambo not only ripped our fence apart to get to this little guy but remained to sit with him all afternoon… #gentlesoul #unusualfriends #Labradoodle #lambo #retriever?

♬ original sound – Labradoodle Lambo 🐶

The video, posted on February 22, has since gone viral, racking up an impressive 539,900 views at the time of writing. The onscreen text accompanying the video reads: “There’s always 2 sides to every story.”

The unusual behavior of the rat has sparked speculation among viewers. Many in the comments section have suggested that the rodent may be infected with toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

According to MSD Manuals, a trusted medical reference resource, toxoplasmosis can be contracted by cats and dogs through consuming infected rodents. While healthy dogs typically show no symptoms, the disease can spread throughout a puppy’s body, leading to signs of infection such as fever, diarrhea, cough, difficulty breathing, jaundice, seizures, and even death. The disease can also be transmitted to humans.


A 2016 study titled “Toxoplasma gondii infection specifically increases the levels of key host dopamine” conducted by researchers from the U.K., Brazil, and Ireland, explored the effects of T. gondii infection on rodent behavior. The study found that the infection led to significant changes in dopamine-related gene expression and signaling pathways in the brain, particularly in areas associated with reward and motivation.

This could explain why the rat in the video, rather than fleeing from a potential predator, seemed almost ready to engage with Lambo. One user commented: “The rat seems a bit slow definitely think it has toxoplasmosis only know this because I looked on Google just now.”

However, not all comments were focused on the potential disease. Some users simply enjoyed the unexpected interaction between the two animals. “Maybe he just wants to have a nice chat,” one user suggested. Another added: “Omg [Oh my god] my dog would have killed him, but your dog freed him. so cute.”