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COVID Long Tail: Record Rat Reports For New York City

The New York Times reports: Rodents are among New York’s permanent features. But across the city, one hears the same thing: They are running amok like never before. Through Wednesday, there had been more than 21,000 rat sightings reported to 311 this year, compared with 15,000 in the same period in 2019 (and about 12,000 in 2014). The rate of …

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NYC Man Sues After Falling Into “Pit Of Rats” [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: A man who plunged into a pile of squirming rats after a sidewalk opened up underneath him is suing the Bronx building owner responsible for maintenance of the property that gave way. Leonard Shoulders, 33, broke his arm and leg after tumbling 15 feet Oct. 24 — and though he was in pain from …

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CDC: Rats Are Turning Cannibal As Food Disappears

The New York Times reports: As restaurants and other businesses have closed during the coronavirus pandemic, rats may become more aggressive as they hunt for new sources of food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned. “The rats are not becoming aggressive toward people, but toward each other,” Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist who has both a master’s degree …

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NYC: Now With Fewer Rats

A new study debunks the eternal urban legend that there is one rat for every person living in New York City. Jonathan Auerbach, a 26-year-old statistician studying for a doctorate at Columbia University, recently won a competition sponsored by the 180-year-old Royal Statistical Society of London. Mr. Auerbach claimed the prize with a paper in which he made the case …

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Rodent Gentrification

A rat joined the exodus to Brooklyn yesterday, boarding at Fulton Street in downtown Manhattan much to the screams of human passengers. Wait until he sees the Brooklyn rents these days.

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FLORIDA: Rats As Big As Cats

After a local animal breeder released eight of the creatures into the wild, the Florida Keys are struggling with an small infestation of a non-native rat from Africa. “We thought we had them whipped as of 2009,” said Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We think they have not moved far but they clearly …

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Rodents Of Unusual Size

A maintenance worker at a Brooklyn housing project speared this three-foot rat after residents reported seeing several such behemoths darting around the complex. Rodent experts say these ROUS’s are the Gambian pouched rat, which was once a popular pet until being banned after having been found to carry the monkeypox virus. Despite what some residents believe, the Gambian rat is …

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Ben, You’re Always Running Here & There

Get ready to scream. (Via – Gothamist)

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You’re Always Running Here And There

According to the Wall Street Journal, the construction of the Second Avenue Subway has sent an avalanche of rats into the streets, cars, and buildings of the Upper East Side. The infestation has left residents of the East 90s along Second Avenue with what they say is the worst rat problem in decades. Things get especially ugly at night, says …

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Ben, The Two Of Us Need Look No More

Gas prices have sent subway ridership surging, and with those extra people comes extra litter, and therefore, extra rats. And according to amNY, the latest swarm doesn’t appear much bothered by human presence. “People have seen them sitting on benches,” said Andrew Albert, an MTA board member and chair of the NYC Transit Riders Council, of the underground rodent problem. …

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