Bold Lil Bastards

I love Rittenhouse Square, esp in the summer, and can often be found people-watching on one of the benches with ice cream cone or iced coffee in hand during the evening. But one thing I’ve noticed the few times I’ve been out there in the past couple weeks is the increased rustlings and sightings of rats. I realize rodents, roaches, insects and such vermin are just a part of city life that you can’t get away from and to which city folk often just become inured. But jaysus, I expect to see rats in alleyways and subway tunnels, not in the shrubbery of my favorite city park. They just willy nilly zip across the walkways and crawl about noisily thru the manicured bushes, oblivious to (or uncaring of) the humans and canines walking about. And tho typically nocturnal, I’ve even seen them venturing out when night has yet to fall–one of them had the balls to skitter across my path as I was walking thru and it was only 6pm! It seems that it may be the rats that have become inured to our presence. And tho I still love the park, I think I might be changing my nightly people-watching venue to the outdoor cafes in center city, away from our furry little friends.

1 Comment so far

  1. Brandyn (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 6:58 am

    Blech! I wonder if extra messures are taken when there are events in the park, like the Wednesday concerts that will be coming up. Yuck yuck yuck.

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