—This post came to me when I saw the headline of a story coming from NYC. —
We’ve all heard of Flock of Seagulls – the music group and the bird that lives near the water. That sentence is partially untrue. Seagulls don’t actually exist – they are just gulls. They don’t come in flocks. Multiple gulls together are a colony. I don’t know what to add now, so next paragraph…
RATS COME IN HERDS?
I saw a headline of a newspaper story… A Herd Of Rats… Huh??
My first impression was that this journalist is “off his rocker”. I’ve never known rats to come in a herd. Goats, maybe. But, rats?
I carry my Google machine (smart phone) in my pocket, so I searched for this anomaly. ‘Do rats come in a herd?’ Answer – a group of rats is called a MISCHIEF. Well, of course they are. What a perfect description.
Female rats are ‘does’. Male rats are ‘bucks’. A litter of baby rats is a ‘nest’. The entire group is a ‘mischief’. Wow, do they cause some mischief when left to themselves.
LITTERS CAN BE LARGE
Rats can start their reproductive cycles at just 6 weeks old. They can have up to 12 young per litter, and produce as many as 15 litters per year.
Just a reminder…. If you encounter a rodent problem, it’s best to call a licensed professional. Your pest control person is very well trained, and equipped to handle any type of e-RAT-ication.
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“Rats are dirty, and they are very unhealthy animals to live with. They have the habit of littering everywhere, and wherever they go, they chew and damage anything.
But for fun, this was a fantastic article to get to know more about these filthy, dirty, and littering animals. I hope to see more such items in the future as well.