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So, you are sleeping one night and feel something
biting at your skin. You are not really sure what
it is but when you open your eyes and turn on the
light suddenly you are faced with a small little
rodent who has been gnawing away at your skin. You
noticed instantaneously that this is a rat and do
all you can to not only move yourself away from
this horrible rodent, but also look for a means to
scare it off if not outright kill it. This is a
nightmare you surely don’t want to wake up to.
This is a story that has been told over and over
again by people who are testifying to the fact
that they were attacked by a rat or a group of
rats while they were sleeping. There have been
several stories written about people, especially
small children, that were bitten by rats in the
face or arms while they were sleeping at night.
These stories are well documented, but there are
those who question the validity of it outright.
Many researchers have postulated the rats simply
will not bite a person while they are sleeping.
This is a myth to them, and they propose that the
stories that have been told are ones that are
purely fictional with no real factual basis to
them at all. The question then becomes, do rats
bite humans in their sleep?
If you were to believe these researchers then the
answer would be no. What most people mistake for
bites are the fact that rats will crawl all over
you while you’re sleeping. These researchers
explain that a rat will not biting you, but it’s
sharp little claws and feelers that are on its
feet will become irritating to you and give you
the feeling that you have been bitten by a rat.
This, they explain, means that a rat simply
doesn’t bite you, so they encourage you to sleep
well and not to fear this possibility.
However, the anecdotal evidence denies this is
reality. Several stories have come out, even some
within the last few years, about rats that had
been on people while they were sleeping. In fact,
in March 2013 there was a girl who was bitten so
severely by rats that she almost died. This seems
to contradict the testimony of these researchers.
So what is the truth? Do rats bite you while
you’re sleeping? The answer is that they possibly
can. While the rats are looking for food to
sustain their own livelihood, this does not mean
that they would exempt you personally from being a
snack. This is especially true for those who are
working in the kind of industries where different
kinds of tastes may get on to their skin. A person
who is a chef or a garbage collector may likely
have different kinds of odors that would attract a
rat to him or her.
So, the answer to the question is that you may not
be able to sleep as well as you thought. If given
the opportunity rats will bite you while you
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