The black rat is omnivorous, which means that they eat food of both animal and vegetable. They are not really fussy about what food they eat and in fact will eat anything. You will usually find a lot of them near town dumps. We have a dump here in Tramore, where the Council dump all the town rubbish. It is down near the beach. This is a stupid place to have a town dump, as all the plastic bags and rubbish blow on to the beach. This does not create a good impression to the visitors who come here on holidays. Some people want the dump moved but anytime the council suggest a new site, the people who live near there have a protest. Nobody wants a dump near them as it causes smells and above all rats and more rats and noisy lorries passing up and down. The dump should be moved but the question is “where do you move it to” as any place that is suggested everybody says “NO”. It really is a problem.
say, have you read the latest book by Roald Dahl called “A Rats Tail”. I
haven’t read it yet but I hope to soon. All rats are clever and will learn
quickly so there is still hope for all of us school children! Black tats are
also carriers of disease. They have been blamed for the Black Death in the
Middle Ages when whole towns were wiped out as a result of disease. People
then were very dirty and threw their rubbish out on the street. Towns in the
olden days were very unhealthy places as they were smelly and rats had a
great time. The Black rat is not a problem here in Ireland as it is rare.