– Dumpster Rats! A Pile of Pests Swarm in a Paris Bin:
If you suffer from musophobia, a fear of rodents, this would be a scene out of your worst nightmare.
A Parisian trash collector recently lifted the lid on a dumpster near the river Seine and unexpectedly uncovered a heaving pile of rats. Scores of the urban pests were climbing all over each other inside the plastic bin and leaping up the container’s slick sides as they attempted escape.
The worker, a city employee identified with the pseudonym “David” by the French news agency Le Parisien, encountered and captured footage of the rats on Dec. 9, 2017. He released the video to sound an alarm about the threat that increasing numbers of street rats pose to municipal workers, Le Parisien reported on Jan. 21. [Sting, Bite & Destroy: Nature’s 10 Biggest Pests]
Rats have lived alongside people in urban areas and farms for hundreds of years, and the rodents’ populations worldwide number in the billions, according to The New York Times.