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Britain braces for invasion of 'ultra-rats' the size of rabbits

By T.K. Randall
September 15, 2022 · Comment icon 12 comments



You don't want to find one of these in your garden. Image Credit: Pixabay / 422737
Experts have warned that giant rats could be invading people's homes and gardens within a matter of weeks.
Rats can be a menace at the best of times, but this year a combination of excessive summer temperatures and an abundance of food has greatly benefited these much maligned rodents, resulting in them growing to enormous sizes.

According to experts, once the temperature starts to drop in the coming weeks, the rats will begin looking to people's homes and gardens for warmth and to find new sources of food to eat.

Brits are already used to enduring the annual influx of giant house spiders in the autumn, so the last thing anyone wants is to be playing host to giant rats as well.

Some of the rodents can grow to the size of rabbits and they will eat absolutely anything.
"It is time to protect your garden, and home, now," said Chris Bonnett, founder of Gardening Express.

"Some of the imperative measures to take to protect yourself and your home are laying preventive scents around your home and clearing any rubbish, debris and garden waste that's accumulated during summer."

Rats are particularly adept at breeding - producing up to 72 offspring a year which are themselves capable of reproducing within a matter of weeks.

Making your garden as unattractive to them as possible is a good way to avoid any unwanted visits.

Source: Wales Online | Comments (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by simplybill 10 days ago
Interesting. I looked it up on Wikipedia and was surprised at how versatile it is. This caught my eye: “Haggis is often served in Scottish fast-food establishments, in the shape of a large sausage and deep fried in batter. Together with chips, this comprises a "haggis supper". A "haggis burger" is a patty of fried haggis served on a bun. A "haggis pakora" is another deep fried variant, available in some Indian restaurants in Scotland. Haggis can be used as an ingredient in other dishes, even pizza, rather than the main part of a dish.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haggis   If I someday visi... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 10 days ago
Beware...............Ratzilla is coming!     
Comment icon #5 Posted by Portre 10 days ago
Rat is sounding a lot better 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cookie Monster 10 days ago
Mmm, we shall all enjoy rat burgers!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Autistocrates 10 days ago
Who knows. Maybe, you've already eaten more of your share of them, without even knowing  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 10 days ago
I'm sure the sales of rat traps and poisons will go up.  
Comment icon #9 Posted by Essan 10 days ago
Perhaps they've invaded from Ireland?  https://www.irishpost.com/news/dublin-under-attack-from-infestation-of-giant-rats-186900    
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nnicolette 9 days ago
I am curious how it was concluded that giant rats are coming in two weeks. I understand that they move in due to the weather. But?
Comment icon #11 Posted by fred_mc 9 days ago
Well, the good thing is that the bigger they are the harder it is for them to hide. Just imagine a rat the size of a cat trying to get down a drainage pipe.
Comment icon #12 Posted by NCC1701 8 days ago
The bigger they are the easier to process as a food source. Best is to wait along the road as some will become flattened by the ongoing traffic: Then you can just put them on the BBQ. The tail will become hard like a sate stick.


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