BOSTON — The rats are out in full force here, and that meant quite the lunch for one hungry seagull this week.
A video generating a lot of attention on social media shows a seagull picking up a dead rat with its mouth in the middle of a Boston street – and then swiftly swallowing its prey whole.
A British tourist who took the video and posted it on YouTube watches the seagull’s actions unfold with a woman who is also heard in the clip. They’re equally grossed out and amazed at how a rat so large can make it inside this bird with no problem.
“Gross,” the woman says as gasps are let out.
“Oh my God, he just swallowed it whole. Ratatouille?” the tourist says.
At one point, they spot the rat’s tail hanging out of the seagull’s mouth. And just like that, the bird flies away.
According to the Associated Press, which first reported on the seagull’s rat haul, the video was taken on Salem Street in the North End neighborhood, which has some of the city’s most well-known historic landmarks.
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A study last year by the pest control company Orkin found Boston ranks 15th in the nation in the number of rats. The ranking was based on how many times the company responded to rodent treatments.
A separate study from RentHop.com found that Boston generates 363.16 rat complaints per 100,000 people, which perhaps surprisingly is more than New York but less than Los Angeles and Chicago.
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