Hundreds of pet rats removed from small Ohio apartment

August 04, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

CLEVELAND: Animal control officers were working to remove approximately 300 rats from an Ohio studio apartment and will put them up for adoption around the country, a humane society officer said.

Some of the rats were in cages but others roamed free and were living in holes in the walls and inside a mattress, said animal control officer Sheila Marquis, who said they have been placed with rat rescue groups who will find them new homes.

The rodents’ owner contacted the Humane Society of Greater Dayton after he was evicted from his apartment in Kettering, a suburb of Dayton, and was unable to care for the Dumbo and Fancy breed pet rats, which begin breeding at three months old and have litters of 13 or more several times a year.

“It doesn’t take long. It can get out of hand quite quickly,” Marquis said.

She said no charges are expected because the owner reached out for help and the rodents appeared to be generally well fed.

German police rescue elderly man with bicycle on motorway

BERLIN: German police rescued an 83-year-old man pushing his bicycle in the middle of a motorway on Saturday after he gave up trying to cycle to Luxembourg to withdraw more than €100,000 ($134,300) from a bank there.

The police in Schweich, near the western town of Trier, said they closed the high-speed A 602 motorway in both directions after the man was spotted pushing his bicycle there.

Police said he told them he wanted to get the money out of his bank account before German tax authorities found out about it. The grand duchy is a preferred banking center for Germans trying to hide savings from taxation at home.

Police said the man, who had been reported missing, was sent home in a taxi with his bicycle and the motorway was later re-opened. They declined to give any further information.