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Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:03 am

A 3-foot giant Gambian Rat has been killed with a pitchfork in the projects in NYC - same place Jay-Z grew up in:


http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...rcy_houses_is_believed_to_be_.html

Our rats are as big as cats...
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:43 am

I Google Image searched the Gambian pouched rat... it's kind of cute! It looks like a small marsupial almost. Though if I wasn't expecting one in my home, that would freak me out quite a bit!
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:16 am

At 3 feet long, I would be pretty freaked out too! Too many rats in NYC...
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:37 am

Quoting comorin (Thread starter):
killed with a pitchfork

Who the heck owns a pitchfork in NYC?
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:53 am

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 3):
Who the heck owns a pitchfork in NYC?

That was my first thought too! And typical of media reporting, it's not a pitchfork (3 tines), it's a manure fork (5 or more tines).

I've seen a rat that big here in Birmingham. I was stopped at a red light on 3rd Avenue South at 14th Street late one night and it crawled out of a storm drain beside my car and sat there cleaning it's whiskers, pretty as you please. It's fur was a dirty blond color, not grey or dark brown like normal rats, so it might also have been a Gambian Pouched Rat formerly kept as a pet. Former pet or not, it was freakin' huge and I didn't take my eyes off it until the light changed.
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:28 am

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 3):
Who the heck owns a pitchfork in NYC?

Someone who isn't fond of giant rats. 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:08 pm

Quoting comorin (Thread starter):
A 3-foot giant Gambian Rat has been killed with a pitchfork

I think I have a recipie for this somewhere.....:D
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:48 pm

Update: There are a few more of these denizens underground. We are expecting Hurricane Irene on Sunday, and in the worst case scenario, the subways will be flooded and the rat population (millions?) will come out and play. The horror.
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:16 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 7):
Update: There are a few more of these denizens underground. We are expecting Hurricane Irene on Sunday, and in the worst case scenario, the subways will be flooded and the rat population (millions?) will come out and play. The horror.

mmmm...gonna be some good eating this weekend.
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:54 pm

What a pity it gets so cold in NYC in the winter; if it was a little warmer, they could "transfer" some of those excess Burmese pythons they are so worried about down in Florida, up to NYC; believe me, the rat population would plunge !
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Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:29 pm

Quoting Geezer (Reply 9):
What a pity it gets so cold in NYC in the winter; if it was a little warmer, they could "transfer" some of those excess Burmese pythons they are so worried about down in Florida, up to NYC; believe me, the rat population would plunge

But what would that do to the snake population?    - I'd rather have rats!
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:13 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 10):
But what would that do to the snake population?

Put them on the mother F'n plane?
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:54 pm

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 3):
Who the heck owns a pitchfork in NYC?

Who the heck doesn't?  

Apparently the Terminator was a city worker, presumably the pitchfork (as above, actually a manure fork) was city issued.
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:25 pm

From the pic that I saw, it didn't look that big. The worker was holding the rat really close to the camera lens. It was probably a wide angle lens, also. Hunters and fishermen do it all the time to make their catch look bigger.
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:37 pm

Quoting johns624 (Reply 13):

Allegedly it was a 3-footer...plenty big!
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:59 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 14):
Allegedly it was a 3-footer...plenty big!

But that's counting the tail, which makes the rat about 18 inches long sans tail. Normal, everyday rats can easily be 12 inches long sans tail, so 18 inches is big but not "The Food Of The Gods" big.
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:47 pm

Quoting TSS (Reply 15):
But that's counting the tail, which makes the rat about 18 inches long sans tail. Normal, everyday rats can easily be 12 inches long sans tail, so 18 inches is big but not "The Food Of The Gods" big.

Thanks for the very graphic explanation  Wow!

It is a tradition in wild game hunting to exaggerate a bit...  
 
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:59 pm

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 3):
Who the heck owns a pitchfork in NYC?

My thought exactly! Is there a hay field somewhere I don't know about? Maybe the lower east side. Or Staten Island. But, Manhattan???
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:47 am

Quoting scamp (Reply 17):
Quoting fr8mech (Reply 3):
Who the heck owns a pitchfork in NYC?

My thought exactly! Is there a hay field somewhere I don't know about? Maybe the lower east side. Or Staten Island. But, Manhattan???

C'mon... There are horses in Manhattan... Police horses, horses for pleasure riding, horses to pull carriages... And wherever there are horses, pitchforks (actually manure forks in this case) are sure to follow...

Quoting comorin (Reply 16):
It is a tradition in wild game hunting to exaggerate a bit...

Especially in urban wild game hunting!  
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RE: Giant Rat Killed With Pitchfork In NYC

Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:45 am

What shocks me is the sentence "with his hideous hanging tail" in the article.
Since when is a hanging tail hideous ?

That rat itself is a delicacy, actually considered a national dish in Ivory Coast. Tastes quite similar to rabbit.

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