Mars Rat Photo A Secret NASA Conspiracy? PETA Would Be Angry

Was the Mars rat flown to the red planet as part of a secret NASA conspiracy involving animal experiments?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Mars rat photo was snapped in September of 2012 by NASA’s Curiosity rover. According to UFO Sightings Daily, the creature is either a lizard or a Mars rat:

“This one also seems to resemble a rodent but also may be a lizard. With water existing on Mars in small amounts, its possible to find such desert animals wandering around.”

NASA believes that they have discovered evidence of water on Mars but a Mars rat is definitely not one of the officially listed discoveries. But UFO Sightings thinks there is a NASA Mars rat conspiracy:

“It’s a cute rodent on Mars. Note its lighter-color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach. Looks similar to a squirrel camouflaged in the stones and sand by its colors. Why would they not tell us about it? Because the squirrel would be expected to die eventually and that would get PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] to fight against them in a court of law.”

The premise of the Mars rat conspiracy is that NASA might want to test Mars’ ability to support life with its more limited atmosphere. NASA estimates that a human would die if left unprotected on Mars’ surface for more than three minutes. So if the Mars rat photo is a real it would be quite a cruel animal experiment. Never mind the huge cost of rocketing a live rat to Mars.

What do you think about the Mars rat photo conspiracy theory?