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So who killed all the rats in Bundaberg?

THEY SMELLED A RAT: Bill Betheras with The Dog. The pair have discovered an unusual number of dead rats around Bundy this month.
THEY SMELLED A RAT: Bill Betheras with The Dog. The pair have discovered an unusual number of dead rats around Bundy this month. Eliza Goetze

BILL Betheras hasn't seen anything like it since the 2013 floods.

In the past couple of weeks he has noticed a strange pattern of dead rats littering streets around Bundaberg.

"I've seen about 25 in the last two weeks," Bill said.

There were three near the netball courts on Bourbong St East; another couple off Maryborough St near Crofton and Electra Sts, three on one occasion in the park behind Bundaberg Hospital, and several outside Bill's home on Alice St.

"It just seems unusual to see so many over the two weeks. I've been in Bundy eight years and I haven't seen any, apart from after the floods - there were a lot after the flood but it is strange now."

Bill's partner in rat spotting is his The Dog, shi tzu named after the cartoon pooch in the Footrot Flats comics, who regularly sniffs them out.

"There was one near the netball courts who was running around stupid, carrying on and jumping around, half alive."

None of the rats appeared to be viciously attacked, Bill said.

"They didn't look torn to pieces, they were lying there like they'd just died of a heart attack."

A spokesperson from Bundaberg Regional Council said it had not received any formal complaints or reports regarding sightings of dead rats.

Anyone experiencing issues with rats is encouraged to contact our Environmental Health Services for information about how to deal with them, and are encouraged to engage a suitably qualified, professional pest controller.

To contact Environmental Health Services, phone the council on 1300 883 699.

Topics:  animals pests rats



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