Rodent Zoo Discovered by Baltimore Firefighters

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ratcageIt’s not unusual to find rodents crawling out of a crevice in Baltimore. Usually, however, they don’t have cages. According to WBAL-TV, Baltimore City firefighters found more than 100 rats and mice caged up in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. on Saturday.

Fire crews had already battled a blaze on the block earlier in the day, but were called back when smoke appeared on the second floor of another home. When they searched the second home, firefighters found the rats and mice. The owner said he needed to keep the rats around because they were food for his snake.  No word on whether he built the collection from the ample street supply or went the online route.

The Health Department apparently hasn’t decided what will become of the colony. If they don’t go the way of the reptile’s belly, nearby Johns Hopkins Medical Center seems a likely option. Even getting rodent schizophrenia is a better life than snake food.

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