Louvre's Posh Garden Clogged With Rats

Animal lovers aren't exactly helping matters

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 29, 2014 1:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site. The hot weather in Paris has brought out many picnicking visitors, whose garbage left in the garden is a feast for the rats. Jean-Claude Ndzana Ekani, a museum employee who works with technicians from something called a de-ratting company, said the vermin have also been helped by animal lovers who dig up the poison and "give water to the rats." The lush area that extends into the Tuileries Gardens gives a rat plenty of places to hide, but still they romp openly.

A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre in Paris.
A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre in Paris.   (Francois Mori)
Employees of a rat extermination company check for rats in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre in Paris.
Employees of a rat extermination company check for rats in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre in Paris.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A black crow takes off as another sits upon a statue in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre.
A black crow takes off as another sits upon a statue in the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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