Monday, February 1, 2016

Fact of the Day: Bad Rat

While most people fear animals like sharks, tigers, lions, and bears, they are not quite as deadly to the history books as a rat. The mammals are very prone to spreading diseases to humans. They were directly responsible for the spread of the bubonic plague, which took the lives of millions of people in medieval Europe.

18 comments:

Huggybear said...

One direct comment - that is so true!!! Yet idiots keep them as pets - YUCK YUCK and YUCK.
Filthy to the highest degree on any scale.
Colin - I won't insult Captain B J Hunnicut by using the non de plume!

Anna-Alina said...

I've heard about it! I'm afraid of big ones only.
A few days ago I saw very big rat on the streets, although I see them very rarely. It was long as a dog, how don't be scared of this?;p

Huggybear said...

Anna
You have a problem and I hope you immediately reported your sighting of this rat to the Health Authorities.
Where there is one, you can be assured there are many.
And that means a possibility of an epidemic.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Margaret D said...

Dirty creatures. Hope I never come across one, anywhere!

Pat Hatt said...

I saw dozens of them once when cleaning a pheasant coop, they were flying everywhere when I turned the lights on.

DEZMOND said...

the only animals I'm disgusted by

Harlynn said...

They sure do spread diseases. However a squirrel can carry the same diseases, and look quite similar. Yet we don't mind them.
Did you know it wasn't the rats themselves that caused the plague? The fleas on the rats killed off most of Europe.

- Harlynn
mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

Christine said...

Interesting wow

Martha said...

That is interesting

stephen Hayes said...

Rats get a bad rap for living close to humans. Fleas and mosquitoes spread diseases.

happyone said...

Rats, not a pleasant thought!!

A Beer for the Shower said...

I think pet rats are adorable, but maybe that's just me. Or maybe it's just the diseases ravaging my body talking.

Huggybear said...

Really???????? - and I note you like snakes but not cobras. Maybe you should see a vet.?
B J Hunnicut

bj said...

I hate rats and mice...and cockroaches....all are nasty.

Huggybear said...

I think anyone who looks at TV and reads papers knows of the latest mosquito problem in Brazil and it is spreading.
Rats happen to carry fleas - maybe you forgot????
Rats are attracted to DIRTY HUMANS - those who prefer to live in squalor, by unfortunate circumstances in some African countries for example or by people in progressive and developed countries like Australia and the USA and many other countries too numerous to list.
There are places here in Brisbane that people and rats share and by God I have been down streets of Seattle in Washington State, where rats ( the size of cats) scampered across the road in what was a top residential area at one stage of Seattle's city and then squatters moved in and so did the filth brigade!

As for the two young blokes below, maybe they should grow up - and FAST!
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Mary Kirkland said...

Ok, time for the self professed Rat Lady right here to set the record straight. It's been proven now that rats did not spread the plague, it was the fleas on the rats that spread the plague. Did you know that the plague can still be found on the fleas of squirrels in some parts? Here in Nevada at Mount Charleston 2 years ago they captured several squirrels and tested the fleas and found that the fleas carried the plague. It's still around but they said as long as you stay away from dead squirrels and don't try to pet the live ones, you should be fine.

Also, Huggybear....I've had rats as pets for 15 years and they make great pets. They are not gross and I am not an 'idiot' as you so eloquently put it, for keeping them as pets.

Huggybear said...

I would not lower myself with a reply.
Colin

Bethany Carson said...

My family has had to poison rats whenever they try to take over our outbuildings and grain bins. Once in awhile some will move in, but for now we're rat-free.