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Rodent encounters in Europe - your stories

Dec 27th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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Rats, no. House martens, oh yeah!
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Dec 27th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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We were having a beautiful evening gondola float in Venice. Full moon. Very, very quiet. We ghosted around the canals where no one else was and looked into the windows of the grand houses lights ablaze in preparation for a party of some kind. Feeling like the Queen of Sheba, who of course I was, I sat back and let the wave of the sublime experience roll over me when what to my wondering eye should appear but............a huge medium dog-sized creature slid into the water across from us not unlike crocodiles sliding into a river in the Amazon. My reverie was popped immediately and all I kept thinking was: can those busters climb into my gondola!!???
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Dec 27th, 2005, 07:06 PM
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Weezie, that's hilarious. Nothing like a large rat to snap you back to reality.
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Dec 27th, 2005, 09:09 PM
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Wat are house martens? My biggest fear is also snakes, and that story by DiAblo will certainly make me think twice about going to loos in the American South & Midwest! I have a serious phobia towards snakes.
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Dec 27th, 2005, 09:37 PM
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As my husband and I were throwing our coins into the Trevi Fountain, several of the largest rats we have ever seen ran past us. I was left thinking do I really want to return, may be I should have saved my coins. Regardless, we certainly will return one day.
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Dec 27th, 2005, 10:03 PM
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The huge "rats" on the Arno in Florence are, in fact, European river otters!
Not quiet the same and somewhat endangered, compared to what is in the sewers, streets and trash containers!
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Dec 28th, 2005, 04:48 AM
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I have yet to run into a rat while traveling in Europe and let's hope it stays that way.

After reading GSteed's post, however, I now have even more resolve to continue turning on the bathroom light in order to "check the throne" if I get up in the middle of the night....no matter how much my DH fusses about it.
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Dec 28th, 2005, 04:48 AM
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I have a photo taken from one of the bridges in Florence of a "huge rat" swimming in the Arno , but it is in fact a Coypu - a large rodent originally from South America.
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Dec 28th, 2005, 05:27 AM
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mickeyraton=coypu=riverotter=mouse=nutria=rat=eugh hhhhh!
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Dec 30th, 2005, 11:42 PM
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never seen rats on my 2 previous trips to europe (knock on wood...just jinxed
myself for spring 06 Italy) BUT..while in Thailand 1995, we were in Bangkok,
touristy shopping area, eating "lunch on the fly" at the various food stands,
stepped just a f-e-w yards from the tourist area, into the "real" downtown Bangkok, and I remember women stirring noodles at their stand, me squinting, looking, and OH MY GOD!! Milling around their feet were rats the size of cats!! The Thai women were not the least bit disturbed, or even seemed to notice, really, but as for me and my son, then 13, that pretty much wrapped our lunch on the fly thing....
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Dec 31st, 2005, 05:16 AM
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Thanks for reminding me of an incident many years ago. We were sitting in an old pub in Oxford waiting to order lunch, and were the only ones in this particular room. A mouse/small rat ran across the room and went behind the bar. When the waitress came in, we told her. She very calmly said "oh, I'll get the cat", and proceeded to do so. This was clearly a regular activity, and the cat was a probably unpaid employee. No one, including ourselves was much disturbed.
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Dec 31st, 2005, 07:33 AM
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I encountered a rat in Orvieto. He was a desk clerk at our hotel. But that's another story....
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Dec 31st, 2005, 08:16 AM
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I was just going to reply about the "river otters" on the Arno, but see that somebody beat me to it! I think they are called "Nutriae" ( I'm sure I have the spelling wrong!) They resemble a cross between a beaver and an otter. We spent a very pleasant afternoon watching the nutriae swim alongside some kayakers, then sun themselves on the rocks. But we also watch ANIMAL KINGDOM!
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Dec 31st, 2005, 10:33 AM
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I've only seen the Tube charmers already mentioned while in Europe, but many years ago in Mexico, it was another story.

We were eating in one of a line of seafood shacks along the seawall in a Gulf Coast city (Tampico, maybe?). The small restaurants, all with palapa roofs, stood on stilts above the water. It was fairly late, dark, and the tide was out. But there was something moving around below us. A lot of somethings.

Took a minute to figure out that what we were seeing were rats. But the waiter assured us they belonged to the other restaurants, not his. OK, that's better then!

Best shrimp I've ever had, by the way.

Aside: As a life-long Midwesterner, I've never seen nor heard of anyone personally whose had a toilet encounter with a snake. I'm sure it happens, but I think you can relax when you really need to...;-)

On the other hand, we had some friends whose water starting tasting "off." The plumber found their pipes almost clogged with frogs. Dead frogs. Blechh.
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Dec 31st, 2005, 12:40 PM
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Rodents are one thing but frogs are entirely another...
In the Exumas, where we go every winter, the water for our house (drinking, tap, shower, etc) comes off the roof, down the gutters and into a below ground tank. It is a family tradition upon arrival to open the top covering of the tank and listen to the frogs. And no, the water doesn't taste "off"!!!!!
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Dec 31st, 2005, 12:47 PM
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Sounds like your frogs are healthier than theirs. Good times!
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