Skip to comments.Giant rat caught, killed with pitchfork
Posted on 08/28/2011 8:53:53 AM PDT by JoeProBono
NEW YORK, - A city housing worker says he bagged a 3-foot rat with a pitchfork at a New York apartment complex.
Jose Rivera, 48, told the New York Daily News that two other giant rats escaped.
"I hit it one time and it was still moving," Rivera said of the rat he stabbed at Marcy Houses. "I hit it another time and that's when it died. I'm not scared of rats but I was scared of being bitten."
Naomi Colon, head of the apartment complex's tenant association, told the Daily News huge rats have been sighted there for at least six years.
"The residents have told me that they've seen it running around with other rats," she said.
Animal experts said based on a photo of the dead rodent -- about 3 feet long from its nose to the tip of its tail -- it was a Gambian pouched rat, often kept as a pet, although imports have been outlawed for several years.
Paul Calle of the Wildlife Conservation Society said the Gambian rat can't reproduce with other species of rats because they are from a different genus.
The size of the Gambian rat has Marcy House residents unnerved.
"Even the cats are afraid of the rats. They get together and gang up on the cats," Stephanie Davis told the newspaper.
I don’t get it.
How come he wasn’t arrested for cruelty to animals?
I cannot tell you how many times I have uttered those very words.
Don’t know when I’ve seen so much hare come out in one comb.
And to think that I was hoping that someone finally got Pelosi.
I saw one of those in The Prinncess Bride.
I guess Bunny Rake Is Not Missing anymore.
(Antique movie reference.)
There are so many ways to interpret that. Your doctor may have a treatment.
Those are the same species now being used for mine-sniffing.
Re: Hero Rats
Best man vs. rat movie ever.
That’s what I said when I killed the emperor scorpion in my Havana living room. Took me three swats with a New Balance shoe to dispatch the gruesome brute.
“The Possum Cookbook”
Table of Contents:
Catching a possum
Wild Possum Kabob
Possum and Taters
Possum Pot Pie
Texan Possum Chili
Cajun Possum Chili
That ‘pouched’ rat looks like an oppossum to me.
About 5 years ago,I was working on a building rehab job a few blocks from the WTC. The building was mid 1800s and plans were long gone. We found a sub-sub-basement that the owner did not even know existed. It was a half-height door leading to a rickety metal stair behind piles of junk in the sub-basement. Not opened for at least 50 years.
I will remember that smell forever. When I shined a light in,the floor looked like it was moving frantically. It was wall-to-wall rats as far as you could see,their eyes reflecting off the light. Many were bigger than cats and made low-frequency growling noises.
An exterminator was called and said we were lucky to be alive opening such a door full of cornered rats. A few more minutes and they would have turned us into food.
The NYC rats are very elusive and will almost never appear within sight of humans. If youre on one of the few dead-quiet blocks and quietly look out your window in the middle of the night,youll see swarms of huge rats foraging. They scatter at the slightest noise. There are many,many underground passages and chambers around NYC for them to hide.
Here is an interesting fable:
Lazamataz and a scorpion meet on the bank of a stream and Lazamataz asks the scorpion to carry him across on its back. The scorpion asks, "How do I know you won't hit me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do hit it, I will die too."
The scorpion is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, Lazamataz starts hitting the scorpion. The scorpion feels the lewd violation, and starts to sink. Knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"
Replies Lazamataz: "It's in my nature...you knew who I was when you agreed to cross with me."
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