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3-Foot Rat Speared in Brooklyn

Worker at housing project kills rodent with a pitchfork
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2011 2:22 AM CDT
3-Foot Rat Speared in Brooklyn
Some Gambian pouch rats have been trained to detect land mines. The Brooklyn rat appeared to be a freeloader.   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – It's a rat that almost ate Brooklyn. But a Housing Authority worker speared the three-foot-long rodent (including tail)—with a pitchfork, reports the New York Daily News. Experts believe the creature is likely a Gambian pouched rat, which is sometimes kept as a pet—but perhaps more at home in green jungles than the asphalt jungle. Some pouched rats have been trained to detect land mines and TB. Rat-slayer Jose Rivera insists there are more of the little monsters on his turf. Three came scampering out last week when he tried to fill in a rat hole. That's when he managed to nail his trophy.

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"I hit it one time and it was still moving," Rivera said. "I hit it another time and that's when it died. I'm not scared of rats but I was scared of being bitten." Residents of the public housing complex have spotted the giant rats, but are even more disgusted by the run-of-the mill brown rats. "Even the cats are afraid of the rats. They get together and gang up on the cats, " said a neighbor. Added another resident: "They're here day and night. We don't dodge bullets. We dodge rats. They're so big, they should charge them rent." (Read more Brooklyn stories.)

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