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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
    In heels

    Police rescue man from home with 200 rats

    The call to the police came in at 1 a.m. Thursday and sounded like a supermarket tabloid headline.

    A man in the small Iron Range town of Gilbert was being eaten alive in his home by rats, the caller said.

    Police needed to do something!

    Skepticism turned to disbelief when they responded. More than 200 black rats -- a colony originating from one pregnant pet-store type of rat that the mentally disabled man had taken in -- had overrun the small house.

    "In this occupation, you see a lot of things. Nothing really surprises us," said Police Chief Mark Skelton. "You can never say that you've seen it all, because you haven't."

    The 47-year-old man, who had been nibbled on a few times but seemed otherwise fine, was taken to a "safe house," Skelton said.

    The man lived alone, he said.

    The St. Louis County health department and a pest control company were also called in; rats can sometimes spread diseases to humans.


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    Jul 2005