Rat Tales (if this week's cover story ain't nasty enough for ya)


In his unparalleled exposé on the plight of urban vermin and those of us who live among them, Rats author Robert Sullivan describes one scene in which a woman is viciously attacked by rodents during the 1979 New York City garbage strike. The Phoenix also collected some revolting rat tales.

KENMORE SQUARE, FALL 2007 A local marijuana advocate reports that his girlfriend’s car has had its battery cables chewed by furry critters.

CAMBRIDGE, JUNE 2008 A seven-year-old Cambridge girl suffers a rat bite on her pinky while throwing away garbage in a Clement Morgan Park trash can near Central Square.

ALLSTON, JANUARY 2009 In an unusually warm week, an Allston blogger writes that she had the unpleasant experience of watching dead rats thaw from the snow banks outside of her window.

DOWNTOWN CROSSING, AUGUST 2009 A Dorchester blogger riding the train sees a rat transfer from the Orange Line to the Red Line at the Downtown Crossing T station.

NORTH END, SEPTEMBER 2009 A North End resident tells us that he accidentally stepped on a chubby dead rat that was lying on a side street after dark.


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