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New York City is known for doing things bigger than everyone else. They had the tallest building in America until September 11, they have incredible theater, the largest subway system, and the most populous metropolitan area in the country. It seems like everything in New York is done bigger than anywhere else.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the problem with the rats of this city as well. New York’s rats have become larger over time, making some, jokingly, think that they are the new dog in the area. They are simply getting that large.
So, what is the cause of the fact that New York’s rats are getting larger than they used to be? What stands behind it is the fact that New York City itself may be at the root of why these rodents have become so big.
If you think about it, the same things that attract people to want to come to New York the rats. There is sensational food in the city, which offers an assortment and diversity that is unlike any other city on the planet. While a large portion of this food is consumed by people in the city every day, a significant amount of it is still thrown away. This winds up in dumpsters, garbage cans, and also on city streets.
To the rats, this is the ultimate in buffet. They can get pretty much any kind of food they want any time of day. Not only is the city known as North America’s largest in terms of population, but it is also the city that has the largest amount of garbage that is produced. This means that there is plenty of food to eat. No matter how many rats are living in the city, they are fed well.
In addition, the massive sewer system and huge high-rises offer the great opportunity for rats to find a home. Not just for one or two rats at a time. There is the ability for rats to live together in huge colonies in the thousands.
When you look at these two key factors on what can reduce population and decrease longevity, it is easy to see why the rats are getting so much bigger. They are fed well and have ample places to stay, this makes it so that they are healthier and in better physical condition than ever before. That condition offers them the opportunity to grow bigger as they eat better and live longer.
Just as the conditions for human beings can make it so that they will grow bigger and be healthier, this is what is happening with the rats of New York City as well. Sadly, this is not a trend that is likely to go in the other direction. As New York continues to be one of the most prosperous cities on earth, people continually live well and eat well. Their garbage will continue to make it so that the rats live well, as well. So just get used to it New Yorkers!
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