Visitors to the Marine Lake bridges have this year been greeted by huge rats basking in the sunshine and foraging for food.
Brown rats are the scourge of many a farm and town. They are one of the most serious mammalian pests on the planet, spoiling grain and carrying disease around the feet of visitors to the Lake.
The secret of the brown rat’s success lies in its opportunistic way of life and extraordinary ability to reproduce, with a pair multiplying to 200 in just one year.
These rate are also expert jumpers, climbers and swimmers to boot. Living in dark damp rocks area of the lake does nothing for their reputation.
A parent watching the rats from the bridge today said:
“The rats around the lake seem very contend, they even come across the bridge. I have even seen them in the children’s play area of an evening which is situated 50m away,they are clearly looking for food.”
Below: Children and adults watch and feed
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