Situation Vacant - Pied Piper required for Christchurch New Zealand
The Mayor of Hamelin called on the Pied Piper to rid their town of rats. Maybe the city fathers of Christchurch, New Zealand need to do the same.
- An Unpredicted Consequence of the Earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ
- Rodent Community Expanding
- Pied Piper Needed
An Unpredicted Consequence of the Earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ
Earthquakes continue to shake the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the latest one of magnitude 4.6 being experienced only yesterday. just as people were stating to feel the ground beneath them was becoming more predictable, they were shaken again.
However, what hit the headline news tonight was not the ongoing shaking, but a problem that was probably not forseen.
The city's Red Zone, the area that is still lifeless, where people are unable to live or work because of quake damage, has become over run by a different population, one far less welcome than the people who once lived and worked there. The inner city areas may be uninhabitable for people, but that is welcome news for the rodents, rats and mice, who are setting up homes and breeding there.
It takes only seven weeks from birth for mice to reproduce, so the rodent population is rapidly taking over the vacant properties and setting up communities of their own..
Rodent Community Expanding
As the population of rats and mice increases, so does the supply of food decrease. These rodent families have set up homes in an area that has not been inhabited by humans since the earthquake devastation. Consequently fresh food supplies are becoming non-existent.
The rats and mice are now moving further afield in search of food. The CBD no longer being able to keep them in the style to which they have previously been accustomed, these little pests are making their home base in the abandoned homes of suburbs adjoining the CBD. This is predicted to become even worse in the next few months, as winter starts setting in here in New Zealand.
They are revelling in the absence of the cats who may once have hunted them as they discover newfound feasts in the abandoned homes.
Pied Piper Needed
Because of their rapid rate of reproduction, the situation is fast becoming out of control. The only way out of this problem is believed to be professional extermination.
Maybe there is an alternative way to rid the city of its latest problem, one involving a more natural process. So, this is a call from Christchurch, New Zealand, to all potential Pied Pipers out there. I'm sure all updated CVs from professional Pied Pipers will be read favourably by the city fathers of Christchurch.