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Baltimore Listed Among Top 10 Worst 'Rat Cities' in the World

Find out where the city ranked.

Where does Baltimore rank on a list of the world's rat-filled cities? File|Patch
Where does Baltimore rank on a list of the world's rat-filled cities? File|Patch

Would you classify Baltimore as a rodent-infested city? 

That's what Animal Planet has indicated in a new list of the Top 10 Worst Rat Cities in the World. The city was ranked No. 3 in the list, which includes five other U.S. cities, with New York City being listed at No. 1.

Here's what Animal Planet had to say about Baltimore's rat problem: 

"Baltimore's rat problem is bad enough that at one point, rats tunneled so intensely beneath a particular area of pavement that when garbage collectors drove over it, their truck sunk up to its axles. Rats in the vicinity took full advantage of the mishap and swarmed the truck, gorging on the garbage inside.

Baltimore also enjoys the dubious distinction of being a hotspot for rat-related research, beginning during World War II and continuing today, much of it carried out at Johns Hopkins University."

The full list can be found below:

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Chicago, Illinois
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana 
  6. Atlanta, Georgia
  7. London, England
  8. Paris, France
  9. Rat Island, The Aleutians
  10. Deshnoke, India

Do you agree with the list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Buzz Beeler July 03, 2014 at 03:22 PM
When only about 20% of the people vote, the rats (two legged) will continue to rule. Apathy will destroy the city, county and nation.
DAK4Blizzard July 04, 2014 at 12:20 AM
That's a horrifying story regarding the garbage truck. But it would be nice to have some numbers to back up the list. Animal Planet does state 8 million rats in Paris. How many for the other cities does it estimate? Also, it can be more common to come across rats in certain cities not on the list. To me, there's a difference between a rat infestation in the sewers vs. streets and buildings. Clearly Baltimore has a rat problem, but it may not be the 3rd likeliest city to find rats running around. (Of course this should not excuse the city from doing something about it.)
gino July 04, 2014 at 04:13 AM
I look at this problem every day while walking on 36th st,where everybody is at fault,city sponsored trash bins on every corner,installed right on top of DRAINS TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY,trash bins are open and too small to collect rubbish for 24 hours till the green city truck comes back to collect it,meanwhile the collector does not get paid to pick up what he dropped lifting the containers,the overlooked stuff on the ground can be a piece of pizza or a small plastic shopping bag used by dog walkers,another nice gift for the rats that are just waiting for it in the drainage hole,then as soon as the truck leaves people from the area who do not have a trash can but only trash bags will drop it next to the container on the ground and it will sit there till the next day. the next day the bag will be full of holes it served as a dining room for our underground population. Oh did I forget to mention the alleys in the back of 36th st? Called the city many times,even e mailed them explaining the problem,they said to call them when the garbage cans overflow,they will send somebody.Yeaa right.
Robin L. Brodkin July 05, 2014 at 08:08 PM
I hope they don't end up spreading to outside of Baltimore!!
Gary Elwards July 06, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Think you got the wrong network telling the story above about Baltimore's rat problem. Probably meant SyFy channel. "truck sunk up to its axles. Rats in the vicinity took full advantage of the mishap and swarmed the truck". Please. Sounds like an urban myth.

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