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Did You Know? RATS with Frank Ape


For a long time, the exact number of rats in New York City was unknown, and a common urban legend was that there were up to four times as many rats as people. In 2014, however, scientists more accurately measured the entire city's rat population to be approximately only 25% of the number of humans; i.e., there were approximately 2 million rats to New York's 8.4 million people at the time of the study. The city's rat population is dominated by the brown rat (also known as the Norway rat). The average adult body weight is 350 grams in males and about 250 grams in females. The adult rat can squeeze through holes or gaps the size of a quarter, jump a horizontal distance of up to 4 feet (or vertically from a flat surface to 3 feet), survive a fall from a height of almost 40 feet and tread water for three days. Each litter has up to a dozen kittens. Rats can mate at the age of two or three months and produce a new litter every two months. They live about a year.


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