Snowbound Rats Scavenging on Orchard [Video]

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 at 6:18 am by

With most of the snow from the storm melted, it’s definitely a relief to have the sidewalks back. Trudging through snowbanks was becoming pretty tiring.  But what about the rodents of the city’s underbelly?  How did they fare with so much white on the ground?  It was a field day for sure, thanks to the citywide suspension in garbage pickup this past week.

The other night, we happened upon a fivesome of active rats seeking nourishment.  By our estimation, the group appeared to be two fatty parents and three tiny younglings.  All were concentrated at the Orchard Street entrance of the 2 Allen worksite, where a seven-story residential tower is currently rising.

It was interesting to watch the interaction.  The smaller rats hid behind the plywood with snouts protruding while the larger vermin sought food.  And with some difficulty, we might add.  But anyway, since there was virtually no foot traffic, they had free reign.

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