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article imageLouvre Museum gardens plagued by rat infestation

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Jul 29, 2014 in World
Paris - The beautiful gardens leading to the world-famous Louvre Museum have recently been attracting more and more rats. Garbage and food items left behind by tourists have been largely blamed for the problem.
Rats are often seen scurrying around the gardens all throughout the day and night, according to the New York Post. The lush greenery provides the perfect opportunity for rats to hide and escape extermination.
The Telegraph reports that city officials usually handle the problems with rat infestations, but the museum officials have called in a private extermination company due to the magnitude of this particular occurrence.
The Telegraph also quotes a visitor to the gardens as saying:
“It’s disgusting and not what you expect. I won’t be eating my sandwich here.”
According to Yahoo! News, the problem is being further exacerbated by people who don't want to see the rats get killed. Many of these people believe that the rats enhance the Parisian scene and may be reminded of the Disney film Ratatouille. There have been reports of people digging up rat poison and giving water to the vermin.
Even though rats are common in Paris, these particular rats seem to be less inhibited about their behaviors. Photographer Xavier Francolon spent two days documenting their movements and stated:
"What is surprising here is to see them coming out in broad daylight and approaching people who are picknicking without any fear."
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