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Rats Chew Off Newborn Baby's Nose, Upper Lip in Kansas City, Mo., Apartment (Prayers for the child)
Foxnews ^ | 2/28/2007 | AP

Posted on 02/28/2007 9:04:41 AM PST by tobyhill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Exterminators began sweeping a Kansas City neighborhood infested with rats after one of the rodents crawled into a baby's crib and severely disfigured the girl's face.

Authorities said the girl's parents put her in a crib next to their bed early Sunday and awoke a few hours later, when a heart and breathing monitor alarm went off. The 4-week-old baby, which had been born prematurely, was lying in a pool of blood with her nose and part of her upper lip chewed off.

The parents found rat feces in the crib. Police believe milk or formula that had leaked onto the baby attracted the rodent.

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To: MeanWestTexan

actually,rats will not attack unless they feel they are in danger,they are not horrible monsters. the article states that it was suspected that milk had dripped onto the baby's lips and that is what spurred the rat on. the rat wasn't attacking,it was trying to get the milk off the baby and probably got a little too overzealous and started chewing. It happens easily,with Domestic as well as wild rats. I would know,i've been bitten many times on the nose and lips by my rats from where they're jsut trying to get a little cheese or milk off.

41 posted on 03/01/2007 8:23:16 PM PST by Dakkasou
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To: RJS1950

I grew up in a very upscale neighborhood, right on Long Island Sound.

The rats that I observed near the seawall were truly awe-inspiring (if that sort of thing inspires you). They were at least as large as my VERY large cat, but good old Mittens did 'em in anyway.

We should have had a rat problem but thanks to the cat (who was born in the wild, BTW) we never did. Mittens had a litter once, and taught all her kittens to hunt. They all grew up to be excellent ratters, and in fact, I now own one of her decendents, who keeps our house free of vermin.


PS: If it interests anyone, I have found that the female cats are particularly good at this job. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has made this same observation, as well as hearing any theories as to why this might be.

42 posted on 03/01/2007 8:35:09 PM PST by VermiciousKnid
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To: VermiciousKnid

I would think that female cats being good ratters gas to do withg the instinct to protect their young. Especially wild-born cats that have been wild-born for generations, teaching the kittens to hunt has porbably been passed down for many generations.

43 posted on 03/05/2007 2:18:36 PM PST by amykc1
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