Rat swarm

#1
I was travelling west on the A47 new years eve, and had got to the stretch of road (single carrigeway) about 500 odd yards east of the village of Glaston when my headlights illuminated some 40 to 50 rats in the road. They were crossing the road from right to left, some were stopping midway and turning around, but most were moving from right to left. I could not see how many were on the verge or in the hedge each side, but presumeably many more.It was a swarm of rats , and I can see how folklore like the pied piper of Hameln originated.

Anyone know why they do this ? I squashed a few of them .
 
#2
To get to the other side?
 
#6
I don't know exactly where you were or what the weather was doing, but I am aware of rats leaving storm drains and other underground drainage systems when they flood. There have been historical reports of the numbers being in the thousands.
 
#9
Interesting. I haven't seen any rats in ages but my terrier's killed two in the last ten days. I live south of Bristol... maybe they're heading for the docks.
 
#14
2012 and all that!

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#16
I was travelling west on the A47
Fascinating. No, really.

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Swarms of rats is coming to town

They’re making a list
And they’re checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Swarms of rats is coming to town

They sees you when you're sleeping
They knows you're awake
They knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

Oh, You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why

Swarms of rats is coming to town
Swarms of rats is coming to town
 
#17
I was travelling west on the A47 new years eve, and had got to the stretch of road (single carrigeway) about 500 odd yards east of the village of Glaston when my headlights illuminated some 40 to 50 rats in the road. They were crossing the road from right to left, some were stopping midway and turning around, but most were moving from right to left. I could not see how many were on the verge or in the hedge each side, but presumeably many more.It was a swarm of rats , and I can see how folklore like the pied piper of Hameln originated.

Anyone know why they do this ? I squashed a few of them .
Really difficult question!
People have for years tried to figure out ..why the chicken crossed the road? but with no success, so I wouldn't hold out much hope on the rat crossing thing.
 

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