Situation Vacant - Pied Piper required for Christchurch New Zealand

Val Mills By Val Mills, 13th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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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

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.


Christchurch, Earthquakes, New Zealand, Pied Piper, Rat Infestation, Rodent Invasion

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
13th Apr 2012 (#)

I know of Peter Pan in Auckland we may find Pied Piper in Hamilton though.... For those mice, get rat poison or gummy boards and they will get caught....
Where there are rats, soon snakes will come. Thank god for no snakes in NZ....

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice work pal. Thanks for sharing your work.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Apr 2012 (#)

thanks Val for this prayers for this very scary earthquake situation....and its results...until you have experience such things we do not realize the many after results and damages that are left to deal with both physical and physiological....

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author avatar mistyleaf
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Scary to think of rats increasing. I hope that they will be able to get rid of these soon. Thanks Val.

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author avatar Buzz
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Great share, Val. Thanks.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Ohmygod. I hope that pied piper comes forward!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Apr 2012 (#)

This is so sad Val, perhaps you need to round up all stray cats in NZ and let them loose where the rats are. Wish I could have come up with something more practical. God bless you all.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Necessity is the mother of invention - hopefully, there is a cure waiting. Rats are highly adaptable, so you have a real challenge at hand. Thanks for the share, Val - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Apr 2012 (#)

What a bummer of a problem. My heart goes out to all the people of Christchurch.

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author avatar Denise Larkin
14th Apr 2012 (#)

An interesting article.

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