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(KeysNet)   9-pound rats in a) Detroit; B) NYC; C) the idyllic Florida Keys ?   (keysnet.com) divider line 103
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2012-03-25 11:19:41 AM
I've never heard of the Keys described as "idyllic" before. Not by anyone who's actually been there anyway.
 
2012-03-25 11:22:26 AM
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2012-03-25 11:24:19 AM
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2012-03-25 11:24:40 AM
Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
 
2012-03-25 11:25:02 AM
Yep, and if they reach the mainland, they will devastate the Everglades, since they love fruit and eggs.
 
2012-03-25 11:26:38 AM
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One person's problem is another's opportunity. Rat kabob!
 
2012-03-25 11:27:04 AM
The aligators can eat them. Problem solved.
 
2012-03-25 11:29:31 AM

BishopHatto: The aligators can eat them. Problem solved.


The invasion of non-native snakes would probably find them delectable too.
 
2012-03-25 11:29:35 AM

deschinc: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

One person's problem is another's opportunity. Rat kabob!


I see your kabob and raise you a burger.

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2012-03-25 11:30:06 AM
Key Lime Stew!
 
2012-03-25 11:30:33 AM
I would have guessed "Boca Raton."
 
2012-03-25 11:30:34 AM
Any resident with a .22 can have a field day.
 
2012-03-25 11:33:41 AM
Technically, they're not rats... and they're kind of cute. Apparently they can be trained to detect land mines and... tuberculosis. Link (new window)
 
2012-03-25 11:33:54 AM
Now the rats are bigger then the deer. Sure sign of end times.
 
2012-03-25 11:36:01 AM
That's as heavy as some bowling balls. Would you want an Ebonite Rat chasing you? I don't think so :(
 
2012-03-25 11:36:43 AM
We have wharf rats similar to this. They can squeeze down a sewer grate in seconds. I hit one while driving down an alley one night, and it got up and ran off like nothing had happened. Amazing.
 
2012-03-25 11:37:05 AM

deschinc: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

One person's problem is another's opportunity. Rat kabob!


Break out the ketchup!
 
2012-03-25 11:37:42 AM
I live in Redington Beach, FL close to Maderia Beach and Treasure Island. My cats LOVE hunting these big ass rats (though I've never seen a 9 pounder) But they also like the lizards too. Once we let them outside, they rarely want to come in other than to get a quick drink and use their litter pan.

Still this area is absolutely gorgeous, screw all you haters, yes we have some crazies (that's an understatement) but I've never lived in a more beautiful area filled with all kinds of wildlife, including the unwanted ones but my 2 cats help take care of that problem.
 
2012-03-25 11:37:45 AM
Are they from Sumatra?
 
2012-03-25 11:38:19 AM
Just call them something cute like Gambian Floofdoodles and that will be the end of it.

/it's a marketing issue
 
2012-03-25 11:39:03 AM
Are Gambian Rats any relation to Boomtown Rats?

Those bastards can keep you up all night. & they don't like Mondays, either.
 
2012-03-25 11:40:28 AM
The whole part in the article about someone having released them into the wild after having bred them...we need to start finding these people and executing them.

It should be public stoning to release an iguana, boa, python, and any of these exotics into the wild. Pisses me off that it only takes a couple shiatheads to ruin my entire state.
 
2012-03-25 11:44:56 AM
Rats are thieves who will steal your heart.
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2012-03-25 11:44:58 AM
Subby here. Don't release your non-native animals.
 
2012-03-25 11:45:22 AM
Deathmatch!: 9 Pound Rat vs 9 Pound Cat. Who will win?
 
2012-03-25 11:50:30 AM
FTFA:"The invasive exotic is an African species that can grow up to nine pounds and reportedly appeared on Grassy Key sometime between 1999 and 2001, when they were released by a resident who had been breeding them."

love to meet the genius who thought this was a good idea. Lets just release a bunch of huge rats into a community. i'm sure noone'll care.
 
2012-03-25 11:52:38 AM

UrinalPooper: Technically, they're not rats... and they're kind of cute. Apparently they can be trained to detect land mines and... tuberculosis. Link (new window)


Zee land mines and zee tuberculosis, yes. Not so zee rat kabobs I think.

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2012-03-25 11:52:41 AM

SkerriNinja: We have wharf rats similar to this. They can squeeze down a sewer grate in seconds. I hit one while driving down an alley one night, and it got up and ran off like nothing had happened. Amazing.


Was he accompanied by four turtles?
 
2012-03-25 11:57:47 AM

deschinc:
3.bp.blogspot.com

One person's problem is another's opportunity. Rat kabob!


Mmm, looks good. Got a favorite recipe?

JewZeppy: Just call them something cute like Gambian Floofdoodles and that will be the end of it.

/it's a marketing issue


Chilean Sea Bass, anyone? (The fish formerly known as the Patagonian Toothfish...a not very marketable name.)
 
2012-03-25 12:02:18 PM
 
2012-03-25 12:02:40 PM
Just release some pythons...

\too late.
 
2012-03-25 12:06:23 PM
Stupid personal anecdote time ...

I was living in NYC a few years back, and went to a bar just off Union Square. It's around midnight and I'm walking back to catch the subway and because of some construction or another have to walk past the dogpark area. I notice that someone left their dog behind, it's running around the dogpark. As I get closer I notice the dog has a long whip of a tail ... because it's a rat, at least the size of a terrier, probably 12 pounds at minimum.

/csb
 
2012-03-25 12:08:18 PM

StoneColdAtheist: deschinc:
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One person's problem is another's opportunity. Rat kabob!

Mmm, looks good. Got a favorite recipe?


Bordeaux Grilled Rats
Skin and eviscerate rats that live in wine cellars. Brush with a thick sauce that combines olive oil and crushed shallots. Grill over a fire of broken wine barrels.

Stewed Cane Rat
Skin and eviscerate the rat and split it lengthwise. Fry until brown in a mixture of butter and peanut oil. Cover with water, add tomatoes or tomato puree, hot red peppers, and salt. Simmer the rat until tender and serve with rice.
 
2012-03-25 12:11:01 PM

Wayne 985: SkerriNinja: We have wharf rats similar to this. They can squeeze down a sewer grate in seconds. I hit one while driving down an alley one night, and it got up and ran off like nothing had happened. Amazing.

Was he accompanied by four turtles?


Now that you mention it...
 
2012-03-25 12:11:56 PM

zarberg: Stupid personal anecdote time ...

I was living in NYC a few years back, and went to a bar just off Union Square. It's around midnight and I'm walking back to catch the subway and because of some construction or another have to walk past the dogpark area. I notice that someone left their dog behind, it's running around the dogpark. As I get closer I notice the dog has a long whip of a tail ... because it's a rat, at least the size of a terrier, probably 12 pounds at minimum.

/csb


Challenge accepted!

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2012-03-25 12:12:45 PM

zarberg: Stupid personal anecdote time ...

I was living in NYC a few years back, and went to a bar just off Union Square. It's around midnight and I'm walking back to catch the subway and because of some construction or another have to walk past the dogpark area. I notice that someone left their dog behind, it's running around the dogpark. As I get closer I notice the dog has a long whip of a tail ... because it's a rat, at least the size of a terrier, probably 12 pounds at minimum.

/csb


12 lbs with a rat like tail? Are you sure it wasn't an opossum? I've seen them running around even very urban parts of cities a couple of times that time of night.
 
2012-03-25 12:15:34 PM
I've never heard of the Keys described as "idyllic" before. Not by anyone who's actually been there anyway.

Then you've never been here. We have our problems, sure, but it beats Idaho, Dakotas, etc.

/ducks from Idaho and Dakota folks -- who visit here every winter..
 
2012-03-25 12:16:53 PM
I think Jimmy Buffett is on tour right now. Where is he when you need him?
 
2012-03-25 12:19:42 PM
Pretty sure that picture in the article is not of a Gambian rat.
 
2012-03-25 12:19:48 PM

Keys dude: I've never heard of the Keys described as "idyllic" before. Not by anyone who's actually been there anyway.

Then you've never been here. We have our problems, sure, but it beats Idaho, Dakotas, etc.

/ducks from Idaho and Dakota folks -- who visit here every winter..


I like the Keys - if they weren't part of Florida, and never got hit by hurricanes, they would be one of the best places on earth.
 
2012-03-25 12:23:56 PM
I like the Keys - if they weren't part of Florida, and never got hit by hurricanes, they would be one of the best places on earth.

It's funny, the three network TV stations here, when they do their weather reports, it's always "South Florida and the Keys," like we are somewhere else :)
 
2012-03-25 12:24:34 PM

louiedog: zarberg: Stupid personal anecdote time ...

I was living in NYC a few years back, and went to a bar just off Union Square. It's around midnight and I'm walking back to catch the subway and because of some construction or another have to walk past the dogpark area. I notice that someone left their dog behind, it's running around the dogpark. As I get closer I notice the dog has a long whip of a tail ... because it's a rat, at least the size of a terrier, probably 12 pounds at minimum.

/csb

12 lbs with a rat like tail? Are you sure it wasn't an opossum? I've seen them running around even very urban parts of cities a couple of times that time of night.


I suppose it could have been, I did have more than a few beers. I have seen rats with bodies as big as my forearm on the #7 train platform in Grand Central, though. That platform was always the scariest/most depressing of the NYC subways.
 
2012-03-25 12:29:09 PM

louiedog: zarberg: Stupid personal anecdote time ...

I was living in NYC a few years back, and went to a bar just off Union Square. It's around midnight and I'm walking back to catch the subway and because of some construction or another have to walk past the dogpark area. I notice that someone left their dog behind, it's running around the dogpark. As I get closer I notice the dog has a long whip of a tail ... because it's a rat, at least the size of a terrier, probably 12 pounds at minimum.

/csb

12 lbs with a rat like tail? Are you sure it wasn't an opossum? I've seen them running around even very urban parts of cities a couple of times that time of night.


I hope your hypothesis is correct. Norway rats normally grow up to 500 grams, maximum. Source (new window) Meanwhile, the Virginia opossum (new window) can weigh up to 14 pounds. So unless Zarberg is living in a Stephen King story or discovered a rat with a serious glandular disorder...
 
2012-03-25 12:37:02 PM

deschinc: StoneColdAtheist: deschinc: One person's problem is another's opportunity. Rat kabob!

Mmm, looks good. Got a favorite recipe?

Bordeaux Grilled Rats
Skin and eviscerate rats that live in wine cellars. Brush with a thick sauce that combines olive oil and crushed shallots. Grill over a fire of broken wine barrels.

Stewed Cane Rat
Skin and eviscerate the rat and split it lengthwise. Fry until brown in a mixture of butter and peanut oil. Cover with water, add tomatoes or tomato puree, hot red peppers, and salt. Simmer the rat until tender and serve with rice.


LOL...thanks! Honestly, I was kidding when I asked, presuming this was rural Chinese street food or something equally sketchy.
 
2012-03-25 12:37:27 PM

Keys dude: I like the Keys - if they weren't part of Florida, and never got hit by hurricanes, they would be one of the best places on earth.

It's funny, the three network TV stations here, when they do their weather reports, it's always "South Florida and the Keys," like we are somewhere else :)


Well to be fair, do you really want to be lumped in with Miami-Dade and Broward? ;)
 
2012-03-25 12:48:23 PM

Leeds: I would have guessed "Boca Raton."


Well, I got it. Well played.
 
2012-03-25 12:53:07 PM
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2012-03-25 12:54:09 PM

Keys dude: Subby here. Don't release your non-native animals.


I reccomend a great book called RATS Goes to book link (new window). I consider one of the best naturalist books of this century (although to be fair, competition is pretty scarce).

Almost all of the rats in North America at this point are invasive species. The brown rat (sometimes called Norwegian for reasons explained in the book) is invasive. The only native rat to the United States is the black rat. They're pretty much down to florida and some of the southwest because of their pretty cool adaptation that has let them flee to, and live in palm trees. Palm Trees, are themselves, an invasive plant bought here by people.

One invasive species almost drove the black rat to extinction and the other saved it.

I'm only pointing this out because humanity has this sense that the world is there's, but other plants and animals need to stay put and not invade other parts. I got a laugh out of the "invading" frogs of hawaii, while just about everything people think is from hawaii is completely invasive or imported. I think that's the rub, if we do it on purpose (pineapples, palm trees, sugar cane, eggplant, turnips, cows, etc etc etc etc etc etc), than that's awesome, look how awesome we are as the masters and dominion holders of all the world. But if something hitches a ride then the people responsible are terrible, and whatever came across is terrible too and should be destroyed.

Rats are part and parcel with civilization. I think the sad thing is these rats don't have a chance, so round em up and put em in a zoo or something or ship em back if you can. If they manage to stay there, honestly, they earned it. The black rats won't care, watching from their palm trees.

/just sayin'
//exception is, of course, the bayou (what a tremendous clusterf*ck that was, thank Tobasco)
 
2012-03-25 01:03:35 PM
Jimmy Buffet doesn't live in Key West anymore
 
2012-03-25 01:04:50 PM
"Idyllic" and "Florida Keys" do not belong in the same paragraph, let alone in a single headline.

Subby: Have you ever actually been out of your mom's basement?
 
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