Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  Rats on the rise due to litter
Updated 01 August 2002, 11.00
The number of rats are on the rise
Rats are taking over Britain and it could be your fault!

The vile vermin are thriving and experts reckon it's because so many people aren't throwing away their fast food leftovers.

  Help stop the rats by playing Litter Hitter!

Instead they're just dumping them on the streets where the rats find them, and the rodents are tucking in whenever they choose.

Fact File
Rat facts
Female rats are pregnant for three weeks
Rats live for 18 months
They weigh about the same as a bag of sugar
Rats have no bellybuttons
Rats can't be sick
They've got so much food to choose from that the poison normally used to kill them isn't working any more.

The number of rats in Britain has gone up by almost a quarter in the last two years and with 60 million of them now living in the UK, there are almost as many as rats as people.

  Click here to try a rat quiz

And unless we start putting more of our rubbish in the bin, then they'll be loads of them running around where we live.

Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear storyHear story
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
GamesPlay Litter Hitter to stop the rats!
ChatTalk about this now!
QuizTest your rat knowledge?

BORDER=0

Past StoriesBORDER=0
Ratbots to the rescue
Report finds yucky stuff in food
Fat Americans sue fast food companies

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full Animals Section
Also in Animals now:
Hope for new home for Swiss bears
Europe's birdlife 'under threat'
Proud pooch moves to White House
Comments
Is it wrong to create ratbots?
opening quoteIf the rats can help save lives then why not?closing quote
Ellie, 13, Leeds
  More Comments
There are more than 50,000 different types of spider in the world 'I'm being treated for my spider phobia'
Guide to endangered animals The lowdown on endangered animals
Lily's story My life as a stray dog on the streets
Figure out our bird quiz Ruffle your feathers with our quiz!
Is animal testing right? Vote: Do you agree with animal testing?
Animals Get wild and chat about animals!
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club