Baltimore Beats 'Rat Island' in Global Rat Ranking
Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 06:50 PM EDT
In a list compiled by Animal Planet, Baltimore ranks as the third worst rat city in the world, beating out "Rat Island" in the Aleutians.
"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," the Animal Planet article states. "Rats in the vicinity took full advantage of the mishap and swarmed the truck, gorging on the garbage inside."
New York City topped the list at number one, followed by Boston in the second spot. US cities rounded out the top five, with Chicago behind Baltimore in the number four spot and New Orleans listed at number 5.
"These 10 cities are among the most rat-plagued places on the planet, although rodent control efforts are (in most cases) always ongoing to try to keep the tally in check," Animal Planet said. The full list of rankings is:
1. New York City, NY
2. Boston, MA
3. Baltimore, MD
4. Chicago, IL
5. New Orleans, LA
6. Atlanta, GA
7. London, UK
8. Paris, France
9. Rat Island, The Aleutians
10. Deshnoke, India