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Swedish town is told to keep doors and windows closed due to plague of GIANT RATS the size of cats

Thursday 21/June/2018 - 03:07 PM
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Edited by Ahmad El-Assasy
Residents in a town in northern Sweden are being told to keep their doors and windows shut، due to an 'invasion' of rats the size of cats according to “Daily Mail”.

The escalating rat problem in Sundsvall، caused by the relocation of a recycling centre، has even forced a local kindergarten to keep children indoors.

The council in Sundsvall has now launched an extermination campaign using snap traps، and if that doesn't solve the issue - the rats face guillotine traps and electric shocks.

'These aren't the normal rats you see in the forest،' Benny Sagmo، head of wildlife preservation in Sundsvall، a town of some 52،000 residents، told TT.

'They're as big as cats.

'If we can't stop it، there's no knowing how big the issue might get.

'But I know we will put a stop to it - no matter the cost.'

The cause of the problem is a local recycling centre - branded a 'Sheraton Hotel for rats' - where the rodents have been able to breed and find food aplenty.

The centre is currently being moved to a different location، meaning the rats have effectively been turfed out and forced into the residential area nearby.

Residents describe how huge rats 'that stand on their hind legs، and hiss' have been seen swarming the area of Johannedal.

'The people who live in the area can't have their doors or balcony doors open،' Sagmo said.

The Swedish tradition of letting small children nap outdoors has been put on hold at Trädets kindergarten in Johannedal، and they are no longer allowing any food or drink outside.

'I have decided that the children will be sleeping inside for now، we can't risk rats jumping into the pushchairs،' headteacher Mia Löfgren told SVT Västernorrland.

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