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3/21/2011 12:19:54 PM
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What would you do? (rat)

I found myself in an odd situation this morning and I'm wondering what ebrandoners would have done if they were me.  
I was stopped at a red light at 18th & Kirkaldy when I saw a rat walking across the intersection in front of me. When the light turned green, I had to choose between going straight and missing the rat, or swerving very lightly and running him over.  
I know there was a letter in the Brandon Sun a few days ago, about a guy on a ski-doo running over a rabbit. Was this situation different? Would you have run over the rat?  
I'd like a few comments before I tell you what I did.  
BTW - I know the difference between a mouse and rat. This guy was a good size.


3/21/2011 12:25:22 PM
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i don't know that i would have. I think i would have inched out a little bit and scared it away. even though it's a rat, i would still feel bad about killing it for no reason.  
now...if there was a rat in my question. I'd be on the war path.


3/21/2011 12:25:58 PM
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I would

have ran over it! It's a Rat.


3/21/2011 12:26:45 PM
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I would

prob swerve or wait, I don't like killing animals, not even the smallest creatures as they are defenceless! Maybe it was a muscrat?

The Brilliant Captain Obvious

3/21/2011 12:33:49 PM
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I would run it over!  
Its a rat, and since it was walking down the street I think it would be safe to assume that the rat wasn't someone's pet (And therefore more open to containing worms/bacteria/viruses, etc...). Besides it could make its way into some building and infest it with little rats. Eventually it'll be killed whether it be by vehicle or exterminator. I would have just run it over.  
Edited by Captain Obvious, 2011-03-21 12:37:07

Pat ty

3/21/2011 12:40:54 PM
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I would

probably not feel too bad about running over it. Well unless the tires threw it up against the floorboards.  
Then I'd have the heebie jeebies all the way to the next set of lights!


3/21/2011 12:55:22 PM
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to be honest...

I would have screamed and put my truck in reverse... Scary critter


3/21/2011 12:57:04 PM
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i probably would have run it over, then felt bad about it later.


3/21/2011 12:59:44 PM
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All animals...

have children they go home to or maybe they are the children of parents waiting to see them come home again, that's how I feel. I would hate to be the one that purposely snubbed out its life when I could have avoided doing so  
Hitting them accidentally is a different story.  
It's probably why I can't hunt when my other family members don't see it as a problem LOL

'Allo Duckie!

3/21/2011 1:06:55 PM
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Avoid him

That's what I would have done. Simply because I don't want critter guts on my tires lol


3/21/2011 1:10:57 PM
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I would run a red light just to kill the buggers!! If you see one, there's gotta be a million more out there! The most filthy creaturs there are, and if they are in brandon in one place, sure as shooting they're gonna get to your house too, if nothing is done about it.


3/21/2011 1:12:37 PM
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I would like to think I could kill the disgusting little vermin.  
But me being me I would drive straight and leave it alone because I would have a guilty conscious about killing it.  
Mind you this is coming from the girl that almost broke down from running over a frog.. Seriously ruins my tomboy image  


3/21/2011 1:16:10 PM
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Sorry I had to post the pic to this thread!! hahaha


3/21/2011 1:46:51 PM
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Je suis un ananas said "That's what I would have done. Simply because I don't want critter guts on my tires lol "

That was my thinking. I didn't try to hit him. I didn't want rat guts on the tire in my garage.

Off the Cuff

3/21/2011 1:48:46 PM
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no question

flatten it


3/21/2011 2:01:30 PM
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then back up and hit it again.....probably a sick one if you saw it during the day, maybe even rabies.... not good if you see them during the day.


3/21/2011 2:20:05 PM
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awh! :(

I would have tried to let it live. I used to have two of them as pets and they're really sweet. <3  
(Yes, I understand 'wild' ones are different, but still!)


3/21/2011 2:23:46 PM
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respect all of god creatures

My little sister had a pet rat he used to sit on our shoulders and jut chill there.  
Rats are very smart creatures. They’re also highly social, enjoying play and cuddling with other rats. They develop deep bonds with their rat pack, and if a member of the group becomes sick they will care for it. A lonely rat is an unhealthy rat – it will quickly develop anxiety and depression. rats are very clean. They are even an important part of Eastern spirituality.  
Some interesting facts about rats:  
•The Bubonic Plague was not caused by rats but instead was caused by infected fleas that jumped off dead rats onto humans.  
•Rats have been proven to make a laughter-like noise (unable to be heard by the human ear alone) when tickled and dream while sleeping.  
•Rats have terrible eyesight and therefore are rarely seen in the middle of rooms or clearings where their whiskers aren't touching the perimeter of a landmark or wall.  
Rats enjoy chocolate – unlike dogs, it won’t hurt them.  
Rats can sniff out landmines and bombs and identify tuberculosis: they can be used in search and rescue. Unfortunately for rats, they’re also very tasty. Pets, medicine, helpers, and yes – dinner.  
I would never run over any animal purposly. If i ran over any animal it would break my heart. I have respect for any animal as they all play a part in our ecosystem.  
why should you care about mice and rats? go here and watch the video below called who cares about mice and rats  


3/21/2011 2:25:18 PM
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kill it !!

i would have ran it over !!


3/21/2011 2:38:17 PM
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who would purposly kill any animal loses respect from me There is somthing worng with a person who finds pleasure or wanting wen harming any animal. I think sometimes its better not to mention wat you might do in certain situations. Not all rats are dirty or have this sickness all over them. I'd be more worried about people having un-protected sex and spreading sti's befor I worrie about wat the rat might have. let him cross the street and get back to his life like you want to get back to yours. I blieve in Karma though It just hearts to hear so many people not give a *^@$ about an animal cause wat it is i guess.

nissan fan

3/21/2011 3:34:41 PM
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ok Heres

My theory. What do rats do when aship is sinking? Abandon it. They dont like water. So if a rat is out and about during this time of year and also in day light. It is gonna flood big time. The rat was seen along Kirkaldy .Right by the river, so this guy is heading to higher ground. They arent stupid. They are pretty smart. So if I were you . I would pay attention to that rat


3/21/2011 4:00:29 PM
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Nissan fan

is right. That rat was either heading for higher ground or was sick like in my last post. If they're out in daylight there is something either wrong with it or wrong with the circumstances it finds itself in. Rats don't normally go for strolls on streets during daylight hours.


3/21/2011 4:07:15 PM
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would of ran it over.....backed up, and ran it over again, and then put it in drive and spun my tires over it just to make sure. rats are a pain in the a$$ and there are way to many of them. if you see 1, there are atleast 100.


3/21/2011 4:17:47 PM
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Most likely

A muskrat as oryx suggested.  
As with all of nature, each living thing is a part of the whole and has a purpose, regardless of mankind's pathetic and egocentric views on what's what.  
Lazy and completely devoid of any kind of intelligence, the homosapien plunders mother earth, killing anything that gets in its way...for food or just becuase it got in their way.  
Greed and selfishness are their dominant traits, any attempt at educating them on co existence with nature for the betterment of all living things, including them, is not only challenging but evidence shows us, a horrible failure on their hierarchy's part.  
Sadly, we're dealing with a very stupid animal: all signs point to their self destruction and everything else as well.  
Edited by hotgrandpa stage 2, 2011-03-21 16:21:20


3/21/2011 4:34:37 PM
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there is a

ther is a huge and very clear differance between a rat and a muskrat one is much larger and round like a beaver but obviously not as big and a rat is long and slender


3/21/2011 4:47:07 PM
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I would have swerved, even though wild rats are gross, but I feel sick when I occasionally hit a squirrel and hear the thump. It don't like running over live things.


3/21/2011 4:48:42 PM
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i would not

run over the rat. That is rediculous. we should do what we can to prevent killing anything.


3/21/2011 4:52:02 PM
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what if

i bet it was suffering and it didnt get run over now its hiding in terrible pain and agony. you should feel pretty awful haha


3/21/2011 4:53:38 PM
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Full speed

Run it over and would not look back!!!


3/21/2011 5:34:17 PM
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rats have long tails muskrats have short stubby ones. I looked it up when my dog brought one home. Turned out it was a "brown rat". looked very much like a muskrat except the tail.  
I would have been too creeped out to run it over!!!

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