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Posted 21 June 2016 - 05:16 AM

I have been to NY a few times for work.  I would go with my marketing team for the big TechX NY trade shows.  One year, we stayed in a hotel not far from where the twin towers were and very close to battery park.

All of the women I worked with were very attractive and would get invitations to other companies parties.  They would bring me along to enjoy the fun.  One night, we all had been invited to go to dinner at a nice place.  One of the other guys I worked with and I were getting tired and decided to leave after dinner rather than sit in the bar.  We decided to walk back to the hotel.  it was only a 10+ minute walk back and it would take us right through a part of battery park.

It had to be close to 11:00 as we headed back.  We were about half way through the park when we were getting close to a park bench just off the side of the walking path we were on.  The bench had an illuminated lamp post next to it and had some medium sized shrubs on both sides of the walking path by the bench.  The bench was 25-30 yds away when what looked like a dachshund walked out from under the shrubs across from the bench and was directly under the lamp.  It looked our direction and scampered forward under the bench and into the other shrubs.

I knew it as soon as I watched it scamper away.  I knew because I used to breed rats to sell to the pet store at the end of my street as a kid.  The tail and body movement was too obvious for me.  The coworker says "people need to keep up with their dogs".  I laughed and told him that was not a dog.  It was a NY rat.  This was nothing close to the rats I had.  It was not the size of a full grown dachshund.  Just a little bit smaller.  But, VERY big for a rat.  The coworker totally freaked out.  He stopped and would not go further.  He wanted to go back the other way...the long way.

I told him have a nice walk as I am going this way.  He didn't want to go back by himself.  He gave in only after I started walking in the same direction.  We did not see the rat again or any other.  This guy thought of himself as a well built macho guy.  I got the inclination that night he was all show....until we were at a trade show in California.  Microsoft rented out universal studios one night just for the trade show people.  The same guy, 2 other female coworkers and I went through "The Mummy" haunted pyramid attraction.  One of the workers dressed as a sphinx statue moved toward him quickly in one room.  He screamed like a little girl.  I about mad myself laughing at him...
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 02:53 PM

You may have seen a Gambian pouched rat aka African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), they have been found in NY city. They can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 3.1 pounds. GPR in NY

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 05:13 PM

OOPs... I posted twice to this topic and now I don't see my posts or Tanric's post... what da?
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 05:26 PM

View PostJim@GhostStudy, on 21 June 2016 - 05:13 PM, said:

OOPs... I posted twice to this topic and now I don't see my posts or Tanric's post... what da?
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You posted in the the other one. http://www.paranorma...227#entry561611
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:24 PM

I grew up in New York and yes, the rats are huge.

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 07:21 AM

Norwegian, are they not?
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Posted 22 June 2016 - 09:00 AM

We had a Norwegian wharf (or was it a roof?) rat in our house for a little bit. Pest control set up multiple traps, took a month or so to catch the bugger. Big white rat. Our weiner dog is very good at catching any critters in the past, mice and rats so we avoided the issue. This one was super smart and poor Peanut would go nuts in the kitchen trying to get it, but it knew exactly how to navigate around and avoid her
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Posted 22 June 2016 - 05:58 PM

They are big in Michigan too.  I saw one the size of a large cat and one I mistook for a possum.  That's pretty big!





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