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Giant rat caught, killed with pitchfork
upi ^ | Aug. 27, 2011

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.


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1 posted on 08/28/2011 8:53:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t get it.

How come he wasn’t arrested for cruelty to animals?


2 posted on 08/28/2011 8:59:20 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: JoeProBono
Rivera said of the rat he stabbed at Marcy Houses. "I hit it another time and that's when it died."

I cannot tell you how many times I have uttered those very words.

3 posted on 08/28/2011 8:59:49 AM PDT by Lazamataz (SmithL stole my tagline and won't give it back.)
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To: JoeProBono

Don’t know when I’ve seen so much hare come out in one comb.


4 posted on 08/28/2011 9:00:30 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Heavy the head that wears the tiara.)
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To: JoeProBono

And to think that I was hoping that someone finally got Pelosi.


5 posted on 08/28/2011 9:01:15 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Lazamataz

LOL!


6 posted on 08/28/2011 9:02:29 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

I saw one of those in The Prinncess Bride.


7 posted on 08/28/2011 9:02:29 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Paladin2

I guess Bunny Rake Is Not Missing anymore.

(Antique movie reference.)


8 posted on 08/28/2011 9:03:15 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Heavy the head that wears the tiara.)
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To: Lazamataz

There are so many ways to interpret that. Your doctor may have a treatment.


9 posted on 08/28/2011 9:04:22 AM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: JoeProBono

Those are the same species now being used for mine-sniffing.

Re: Hero Rats


10 posted on 08/28/2011 9:10:10 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: JoeProBono

Best man vs. rat movie ever.

11 posted on 08/28/2011 9:12:45 AM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


12 posted on 08/28/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT by Ax
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To: JoeProBono
"The Giant Rats of Sumatra"

Photoshop!
13 posted on 08/28/2011 9:13:59 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: Lazamataz

lmao


14 posted on 08/28/2011 9:14:36 AM PDT by tatown (Why should the nation have to take food nutrition advice from a marxist woman with a fat @ss?)
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To: Lazamataz
Or how many of us poor rubes have stood around saying "he hit it more than once? What was he drinking?"

/johnny

15 posted on 08/28/2011 9:16:25 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.tngenweb.org/tntable/possum.htm

“The Possum Cookbook”

Table of Contents:
Catching a possum
Wild Possum Kabob
Possum and Taters
Possum Pot Pie
Possum Creole
Australian Possum
Possum Stew
Texan Possum Chili
Cajun Possum Chili
Possum Tartare
Nutrition Facts


16 posted on 08/28/2011 9:16:55 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Heavy the head that wears the tiara.)
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To: Lazamataz

17 posted on 08/28/2011 9:19:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

That ‘pouched’ rat looks like an oppossum to me.


18 posted on 08/28/2011 9:19:46 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: JoeProBono
Wow! Nice kill

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 you’re on one of the few dead-quiet blocks and quietly look out your window in the middle of the night,you’ll 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.

19 posted on 08/28/2011 9:19:51 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Ax
I'd have hit that scorpion. (cue 70's porn music).

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."

20 posted on 08/28/2011 9:20:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (SmithL stole my tagline and won't give it back.)
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To: Sudetenland

21 posted on 08/28/2011 9:23:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Here's a giant rat that needs to meet a pitchfork...


22 posted on 08/28/2011 9:23:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: JoeProBono

Looks like a Obama supporter that will not make 2012.


23 posted on 08/28/2011 9:24:14 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Cheetahcat

Beat me to it! :0)


24 posted on 08/28/2011 9:26:54 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

“Beat me to it! :0)”

LMAO Conservative minds think alike!


25 posted on 08/28/2011 9:28:14 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: AHerald

26 posted on 08/28/2011 9:31:12 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Lazamataz
"I hit it another time and that's when it died."

Sounds like eating at a Sushi restaurant. ;-)

27 posted on 08/28/2011 9:32:48 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: JoeProBono

Catch of the Day


28 posted on 08/28/2011 9:33:43 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: JoeProBono
it was a Gambian pouched rat, often kept as a pet

This is one of the few legitimate uses for government I can see - preventing the importation of mega-rats, pythons capable of crushing and killing grown men, face-eating baboons, etc. for idiot pet owners to buy and then turn loose so they can plague the rest of us.
29 posted on 08/28/2011 9:35:45 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: varyouga

Very interesting story....I can imagine how scary that must’ve been. What did you do, slam the door shut real quick?


30 posted on 08/28/2011 9:39:24 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Cheetahcat

Nonsense! He can still vote!


31 posted on 08/28/2011 9:40:09 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: varyouga

BTW, did the exterminator kill the rats, or did you just weld the door shut?


32 posted on 08/28/2011 9:41:04 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: varyouga

And what do you think DemocRats will do when they have the light shined fully on them?


33 posted on 08/28/2011 9:41:12 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: JoeProBono
30 years ago I had a confrontation with a Norwegian warf rat nearly as big as that one who lived near our city dump.

I swerved to avoid what I thought was a cat in the road. Afterward I realized that it was a huge rat. I did a U-turn in my 67 Ford Galaxie 500 and tried to hit it on another next pass, but it jumped out of the way at the last minute. I made a couple of more attempts before the rat took a right turn and ran up the gated road that goes to Cheney Stadium. I got out of the car as the rat trotted under the gate. My girl friend at the time got out also. I started throwing rocks at it. When I hit him with one, he turned around and charged us. My girlfriend and I had to take a few steps back, but I managed to hit him with another rock and the rat decided he'd had enough and ran up the hill toward Foss High School and took refuge in some bushes. He was a worthy adversary; I felt a little bad about harassing him.

34 posted on 08/28/2011 9:43:17 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Lady Lucky

I got it:)


35 posted on 08/28/2011 9:45:14 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: JoeProBono
Did somebody call a 3' tall Rat?


36 posted on 08/28/2011 9:47:04 AM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: JoeProBono
anybody remember Does your child know the difference between a cat... and a rat???
37 posted on 08/28/2011 9:48:01 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: AHerald
Unknown Origin is a great film, but I have a soft spot for Canada's Deadly Eyes. I remember watching the movie , and upon seeing the classroom scene, I thought how refreshing it was to have college age actors portraying college students-the actors were obviously all 20-25 or so. Then the dialogue revealed the classroom was supposed to be in a High School...The big climactic scene had a bunch of giant rats run down a subway staircase, and eat alive the passengers. Now, I already knew the "rats" were dachshunds in rat suits, and as a dachshund victim owner, that's what I was waiting to see. So the "rats" run down the steps with that unmistakeable wangling gait, it's supposed to be terrifying , and we're laughing because the wiener dog origin was too obvious!
38 posted on 08/28/2011 10:10:50 AM PDT by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: FrogMom

“Nonsense! He can still vote!”

Good Point.


39 posted on 08/28/2011 10:11:57 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: AHerald

Better than Willard? Hard to imagine. Also, I never knew it was a genre.


40 posted on 08/28/2011 10:12:38 AM PDT by Defiant (Calling all citizens from all over the world, this is Captain America calling.)
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To: mkmensinger
ROUS's. Rodents of Unusual Size.

:-O

41 posted on 08/28/2011 10:16:16 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: kaylar
Hadn't heard of it before. Sounds like my type of Saturday afternoon cheeseball flick. Gonna have to check out Deadly Eyes... Dachshunds in rat suits and Scatman Crothers. What's not to like?
42 posted on 08/28/2011 10:24:01 AM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Cheetahcat
Looks like a Obama supporter that will not make 2012.

Fear not, ACORN will ensure that he will still be able to vote - several times.

FUBO GTFO !

43 posted on 08/28/2011 10:25:02 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

“Looks like a Obama supporter that will not make 2012.

Fear not, ACORN will ensure that he will still be able to vote - several times.

FUBO GTFO !”

Well Said!


44 posted on 08/28/2011 10:26:01 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: mewzilla

Rat tart, anyone? :-)


45 posted on 08/28/2011 10:30:29 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: aposiopetic; GOP Poet

Hope you don’t mind, had to ping you with this one.

You’ve got me studying headlines now.

This is one we won’t see, comma or not, in the NYT.

Cheers,

FW


46 posted on 08/28/2011 10:34:19 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: varyouga

too bad you didnt have any frag grenades or some WP. I hate rats. We had a problem when I was young with the darn things.
If one ever got into my house now, the 12 gauge would be called in and I dont care who calls the cops.


47 posted on 08/28/2011 10:39:41 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Chode

anybody remember Does your child know the difference between a cat... and a rat??? ... Shamefully I will relate this: My25 pound black cat, Rummy, got loose one night just about dusk. The l’il bastard usually comes right back. About two hours into nightime, I saw something black on the back porch (the light distorts stuff), and said “ Come here you little shiitehead” and reached down to pick him up by the scruff of the neck. Was a skunk that I threw about 25 feet. As soon as the skunk was over the hedge, Rummy ran in the door.


48 posted on 08/28/2011 10:50:57 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

did the exterminator kill the rats, or did you just weld the door shut?.. Threw in two Willy Pete’s.


49 posted on 08/28/2011 10:52:25 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Safetgiver
tooo funny... the cat/rat was a commercial back in the 70's about NYC super rats and shows one standing on a chair eating off of a plate on the dinner table with the sound bite asking the question
50 posted on 08/28/2011 10:58:03 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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