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Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:00 PM

Rats

Folks,

A week go my wife and I were out walking and we saw two brown rats chasing each other in a children's play area. Today I was in a supermarket car park and saw five rats chasing around in the the empty space.

I have never seen this before, not in public places. The thought is obvious: if people were not around how long would it take for the rats to come out? At least they were playing and not dying.

Strange times.

D.




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Soph0571 Apr 2020 #1
Dworkin Apr 2020 #2
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abqtommy Apr 2020 #4
BigmanPigman Apr 2020 #5
marble falls Apr 2020 #6
Dworkin Apr 2020 #7
T_i_B Apr 2020 #8

Response to Dworkin (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:26 PM

1. It is because of a couple of things

Firstly there is less crap on the streets for them to eat so they to come out from undercover to get fed. And secondly all the morons who are storing the ridiculous amounts of food the bought when panic buying are storing them in garages and so rats are invading homes cause there is food there.

Apparently some of them are becoming cannibals.

Strange times indeed

Where abouts are you in the UK? Feel free to tell me to mind my own business. I am in London.

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:59 PM

2. Hi sopho

We are in the West Country near Bristol. Never seen this before.

Thing is, the rats look happy.

D.

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Response to Dworkin (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 06:17 PM

3. Probably delirious with hunger!!!

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Response to Dworkin (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 06:27 PM

4. It's historically true that rat's play but people pay!

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Response to Dworkin (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 08:03 PM

5. Packs of rats were all over the Paris streets

a couple of years ago due to the historic flooding. They needed food and safety too. The rats in cities are getting hungry...even "pizza rat" has no pizza to eat anymore.

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Response to Dworkin (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 09:52 PM

6. I know what you mean. Here in the US the rats are scampering all over the White House.

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Response to Dworkin (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 06:44 AM

7. Daniel the rat

Folks,

This might seem a bit strange, but I once took a wild rat to a vet in order to have him painlessly euthanised. He had got into our very old house through the basement and I trapped him in the bedroom. We then put a non lethal trap in there, baited with peanut butter. Anyway, once he was in the trap I felt sorry for him and named him Daniel.

Really, I wanted to release him somewhere, but my wife was not happy about that. She thought we might get bitten while trying to let him out of the cage. So it was the vet. They said that in 25 years of business, they had never had a person bring in a wild rat to their surgery. They didn't charge me for the service.

D.

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Response to Dworkin (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2020, 08:50 AM

8. Among my circle of friends....

.... One of the big topics of conversation is what wildlife people have seen on their government mandated exercise. Sadly rats are part of that. Doesn't help that there appears to be an increase in fly tipping at the moment.

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