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Giant African Rats Swarm In Brooklyn

I recently warned readers that giant, poison mohawk-sporting rats from Africa could be joining the throngs of New York rats happily frisking in Manhattan’s hip Tompkins Square Park.

It turns out that reality has outrun speculation.  Three foot long Gambian pouched rats have already established themselves in Brooklyn where residents of a city housing project say sightings are becoming common.  Not for the squeamish, but follow this link to see proud NY Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera with the Gambian trophy rat he killed by whacking it repeatedly with a pitchfork.  He’s got my vote for employee of the month.

Nothing of the kind, I am happy to report, ever happens in the glamorous borough of Queens.

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  • Gene Evans

    Do the rats have an evacuation plan? Or will they ride out the storm and then refuse to allow the humans to return?

    I’m sure Mayor Bloomburg will side with the rats, what with them being third world rats and victims of society to boot.

  • vanderleun

    “Objects on pitchfork may be larger than they appear”

    Careful about relative sizes of things in photos. Items held closer to the lens appear larger.

    Put into your mind’s eye the end of a pitchfork and then extrapolate the size from that.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @vanderleun: on the other hand you need to remember that the tail normally counts when computing rat length. I looked at the nose to tail length of that thing and three feet did not seem out of the ballpark.

  • Kris

    “Nothing of the kind, I am happy to report, ever happens in the glamorous borough of Queens.”

    Come off it, Mead. I have photographs of your pitchfork-waving interns chasing WigWag away from the Manor.

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