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(NPR)   Rats as big as cats are outnumbering the people in Tehran despite a poisoning campaign launched 13 years ago. Iran's solution? Deploy the snipers   (npr.org) divider line 106
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2013-03-04 03:26:18 PM  
Fools. Everyone already knows that the Dread Pirate Roberts is the only person who can successfully take down a ROUS.
 
2013-03-04 03:31:04 PM  
Also:

0.tqn.com
palmettopublicrecord.org
 
2013-03-04 03:33:37 PM  
Persian cats too chicken?
 
2013-03-04 03:34:49 PM  
Just in time for Raturday.
 
2013-03-04 03:48:22 PM  
And ten thousand people-oids split into small tribes,
coveting the highest of the sterile sky-scrappers,
like packs of dogs assaulting the
glass fronts of Love Me Avenue...
 
2013-03-04 03:54:20 PM  

FloydA: And ten thousand people-oids split into small tribes,
coveting the highest of the sterile sky-scrappers,
like packs of dogs assaulting the
glass fronts of Love Me Avenue...


Nice.  Exactly what I was thinking.
 
2013-03-04 03:58:52 PM  
Hmmm, too bad I think the right ammo isn't allowed to be sent to Iran...

i.pgcdn.com
Varmint Grenades making pink mists out of prairie dogs.
 
2013-03-04 03:59:53 PM  
Wouldn't shotguns make more sense?  I mean, if firearms are used at all on rats.
 
2013-03-04 04:01:19 PM  
All the better to hunt the Maus.

www.history.ucsb.edu
 
2013-03-04 04:02:26 PM  
This is very surprising because Iranians are very intelligent people and usually don't do stupid things.
 
2013-03-04 04:04:07 PM  
Why not deploy dog-sized cats?  I can't see that causing any issues.
 
2013-03-04 04:06:29 PM  
I used to shoot rats for quick cash.
Take a .22 and haunt any food or water source.

You could bag a few dozen in a night, with luck.

/Iran might do better with more sanitation efforts.
/They've gotta be feeding off something.
 
2013-03-04 04:06:46 PM  
Ten teams of sharpshooters armed with rifles equipped with infra-red sights have bagged more than 2,000 of the brutish rodents in recent weeks, city officials told state media. That's a drop in the ocean: Iran's rat population easily outnumbers the sprawling capital's 12 million inhabitants. The city council is now boosting the number of sniper squads to 40, officials said.

This was my favorite part. We deployed snipers, and they killed 2000 rats, a drop in the bucket. So let's quadruple the number of snipers, and we'll then have 4 drops in our bucket.
 
2013-03-04 04:06:59 PM  
With a picture of rats that gives no scale to anything.  Thanks boys.
 
2013-03-04 04:10:10 PM  

jayhawk88: Ten teams of sharpshooters armed with rifles equipped with infra-red sights have bagged more than 2,000 of the brutish rodents in recent weeks, city officials told state media. That's a drop in the ocean: Iran's rat population easily outnumbers the sprawling capital's 12 million inhabitants. The city council is now boosting the number of sniper squads to 40, officials said.

This was my favorite part. We deployed snipers, and they killed 2000 rats, a drop in the bucket. So let's quadruple the number of snipers, and we'll then have 4 drops in our bucket.


Obviously, the better solution is to release larger cats.  Maybe jaguars or lions or tigers.
 
2013-03-04 04:10:29 PM  
This just sounds like a weak excuse for the sounds of gunfire ringing out in the city.

CRACK-OOM

"Hey, did you hear that?"

"Oh, the gunshot? Yes, that was a sniper?"

"Sniper!?! Are they shooting at us?"

"Oh, Allah forbid, no. They are shooting at... uh... rats. Yes, rats."
 
2013-03-04 04:10:58 PM  
i assume they have some pretty heavy gun control in iran. the solution in louisiana is to make nutria hunting a fun pastime which is often enjoyed by drunken cajuns.

if only the iranians weren't denied their second amendment rights this wouldn't be a problem.
 
2013-03-04 04:11:25 PM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-03-04 04:13:02 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Obviously, the better solution is to release larger cats.  Maybe jaguars or lions or tigers.


When wintertime rolls around, they simply freeze to death.
 
2013-03-04 04:14:40 PM  
They have a rat problem for a reason.  Cut off the supply and the rat problem will take care of itself.
 
2013-03-04 04:14:42 PM  
www.supercheats.com
 
2013-03-04 04:14:43 PM  
 
2013-03-04 04:14:50 PM  

Ambitwistor: Satanic_Hamster: Obviously, the better solution is to release larger cats.  Maybe jaguars or lions or tigers.

When wintertime rolls around, they simply freeze to death.


Jeez, just like in Meowshwitz.
 
2013-03-04 04:16:16 PM  
It's a conspiracy!  The Jews did this!
 
2013-03-04 04:18:53 PM  
sortingoutscience.net
Rodents of Unusual Size?
I don't think they exist.
 
2013-03-04 04:20:25 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Also:

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[palmettopublicrecord.org image 600x353]


Dropped by to make sure those were present, adding this to the collection:
i209.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-04 04:22:06 PM  
I'd deploy the Kzinti.
www.startrek.com
 
2013-03-04 04:22:16 PM  
They got 2,000 out of 25 million of us, huh? Looks like it's hantavirus sharing time.

Humans and their silly nuclear weapons...
 
2013-03-04 04:24:13 PM  
Well obviously this is all Obama's fault, right? There's pictures and everything...
1.bp.blogspot.com
/hot like a fresh rat turd
 
2013-03-04 04:25:01 PM  
Hmm.... maybe we could have a Predator lob a jar full of plague-carrying fleas their direction
 
2013-03-04 04:25:03 PM  
What they need are a few feral packs of bull terriers roaming the streets. Re-establish a predator in the ecosystem.
 
2013-03-04 04:26:00 PM  
t0.gstatic.com
Am I the first?  Do I win anything?
 
2013-03-04 04:26:23 PM  
Ben?  They're gonna kill BEN!?!?!?!!
 
2013-03-04 04:28:16 PM  
You just need bigger cats.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-04 04:28:21 PM  
I'm skeptical.  Wikipedia lists the  Rattus pyctoris (Himalayan Rat, Turkestan Rat)  as indigenous to Iran.  There's no note of them being an exceptionally large rat.  There's no pics to corroborate Iran's claim of "cat-sized rats".

Really if you have more food laying out, you don't get giant rats, you get more rats.  Many grain silos and warehouses have been pillaged and they get to eat without limit, but they don't readily exceed the species' max size.
There are no rats this large- there's NUTRIA (coypu), which are rodents, but not RATS.  Nutria are 11-20lbs.
 
2013-03-04 04:31:44 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Persian cats too chicken?


Take on an 11-pound rat? You bet them pussies are chicken.

Also...

blog.bt-store.com
 
2013-03-04 04:32:10 PM  
For

wildcardjack: Hmmm, too bad I think the right ammo isn't allowed to be sent to Iran...

[i.pgcdn.com image 250x250]
Varmint Grenades making pink mists out of prairie dogs.


Not really all that great in urban environments. Ideal solution would be a .22 PCP air rifle with polymag predator pellets. Plenty of power to take out vermin at an acceptable range but a a whole lot less downrange worries. Normal plank is usually sufficient as a backstop. Something like this should do the trick:

www.pyramydair.com sheffieldairrifles.co.uk
 
2013-03-04 04:32:50 PM  
Cat sized? Those are puny. Down by the White lilly flour mill there are rats larger than raccoons.
 
2013-03-04 04:34:33 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: You just need bigger cats.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 800x600]


Bargon wanchi kox paa Solo.Hoo Hooo Hoooo
 
2013-03-04 04:37:04 PM  
Remind me, is Iran one of those countries where they don't look upon dogs too fondly?

www.fordogtrainers.com
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-04 04:39:36 PM  
Or they could bring this back and gamble on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat-baiting
 
2013-03-04 04:40:06 PM  
That's not going to be good for business.

JERRY: That's not going to be good for anybody.

i47.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-04 04:41:03 PM  
The New Orleans police get firearms practice by shooting nutria that burrow into the canals.  Not too much different.
 
2013-03-04 04:42:48 PM  

FooDog: Ideal solution would be a .22 PCP air rifle with polymag predator pellets.


Too complicated. Just have every man, woman, and child carry a slingshot.

mytwocents.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-04 04:48:54 PM  

Stone Meadow: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Persian cats too chicken?

Take on an 11-pound rat? You bet them pussies are chicken.

Also...

[blog.bt-store.com image 468x350]


Probably tastes like squirrel.

/never tried either, but hey, if you are hungry...
 
2013-03-04 04:50:11 PM  

doglover: FooDog: Ideal solution would be a .22 PCP air rifle with polymag predator pellets.

Too complicated. Just have every man, woman, and child carry a slingshot.

[mytwocents.files.wordpress.com image 340x378]


I like your direction, but you lack vision. Machete slingshot biatch!

zedomax.com
 
2013-03-04 04:53:23 PM  
1963, Late one night, leaving Baltimore General, took a turn down a street to see a street dog being brought down by two rats.  Mom drove over as many as she could but the dog was a goner.
So rats? Nuke 'em.  We'll sort out what's left.

'ats a freakin' nightmare for a seven year old lemme tell ya.
 
2013-03-04 04:54:02 PM  
Ive always heard of rats "the size of a dog" or "of a cat", but Ive never seen a picture of one where you could tell its size. I think the uber large urban rodent outside of Princess Bride and the capybara are a myth.

Ive seen New York rats. Big? yes, but not nearly as big as a dog or a cat-- unless the dog or cat is the exact same size as a rat.
 
2013-03-04 04:55:57 PM  

doglover: FooDog: Ideal solution would be a .22 PCP air rifle with polymag predator pellets.

Too complicated. Just have every man, woman, and child carry a slingshot.

[mytwocents.files.wordpress.com image 340x378]


A slingshot is in my zombie apocalypse backpack.
 
2013-03-04 04:57:29 PM  

FooDog: I like your direction, but you lack vision. Machete slingshot biatch!


I don't lack vision. That thing's not accurate over any real distance and you need specially tooled machetes. A slingshot can use unfired clay balls. You can even put flower seeds in 'em. Green up the city as you kill the vermin.
 
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