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Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Someone has reportedly said that these could have been bought in from Africa or South America but i'll hold judgement.
Originally posted by neformore
I work in Bradford and - suprise - this popped up in the local paper today
Ravenscliffe residents say giant rat claims are 'a load of rubbish'
Claims that giant rats are plaguing a Bradford estate have been rubbished by community leaders and Bradford Council’s pest control chief.
A report alleging monster two-and-a-half-foot rats had been seen in Ravenscliffe was published yesterday by national tabloid The Sun.
You have to remember that the Sun "newspaper" has more in common with what you wipe your backside on than anything offering real news
Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by berenike
For one thing they carry all sorts of diseases. Approximately 14 nasty and often fatal diseases can and often are transmitted to humans.
Weils disease is a deadly one, caught by contact with rats urine or droppings, there are other problems with these creatures apart from the fatal diseases they spread. They kill and steal livestock, they damage property, they have even been known to attack young children and babies.
We all know about the deadly diseases carried by them via their parasitic fleas and ticks that killed millions of people.
The domesticated, (non wild) rat variety can and do make quite good pets, if looked after properly, but these wild, disease causing, bacteria infested, flea bitten ones have to be controlled, for the sake of public health.
Originally posted by berenike
There are many bacteria infested, flea bitten creatures in the world, not all of them animals, and I don't think rats deserve be singled out.
No rats in my abode.
Originally posted by ::.mika.::
it is when rats disappear that plague contaminates humans
go ahead, exterminate all rats and see the result (good luck)
edit to say it with different words: yes the truth is that they are protecting us from the disease they carry. if they are not here anymore, the virus and bacteria will be looking for other host : us. That's how all the big plague tragedies occured.
[edit on 20-8-2010 by ::.mika.::]
It was definitely some kind of overgrown rat creature but somehow looked less aggressive than an ordinary rat. I mean I couldn't have been more than 10 feet away from it and I could see it quite clearly sniffing the air. I looked around to see if anyone else was about who I could call to, but the place seemed virtually deserted and there was hardly any traffic on the main road. At that moment it suddenly occurred to me that I had a sketch book in my possession and so I decided to see if I could get a quick sketch of it while it sat so still.
I edged closer, slowly so as not to frighten the thing away, although I have to say it was probably me that was the most frightened creature at that time. I got to within about seven or eight feet of it and decided that was close enough.
It was only when I took out my new sketch pad that I realised that even though I had a sketch book, a pencil sharpener and an eraser, I had not actually purchased a pencil. But I always keep a small black felt tip pen in my top shirt pocket to use for filling out my Lotto form.
Using a less than satisfactory drawing implement I sketched as fast as I could trying to get its main features down on paper before it ran off. Its tail seemed a lot shorter than the other rats that I had seen and it was though it had lost half of it. Luckily there was a discarded 'can of pop' right in front of it which helped me to gauge its scale which, as my drawing shows was much larger than a normal rat.