Friday, July 27, 2012

Rats and Palm Trees

Climbing rats, palm trees, piazza del Municipio, LivornoSomething strange is happening around the palm trees in “Piazza del Municipio” (Town Hall Square). Their base has ben taped off and a section of the trunk shows a sort of wide bandage.Climbing rats, palm trees, piazza del Municipio, LivornoThe mystery is solved if you look closer: two mouse traps are waiting for rodents. It seems that some daring rats climb the trunk in search of food: not a welcoming sight for the busloads of cruise tourists stopping nearby.

See also: Piazza del Municipio

12 comments:

FrankandMary said...

Ack, this opens up a new line of scrutiny for me. ~Mary

Stefan Jansson said...

Never seen that before.

Randy said...

The tree must be tasty.

Gunn said...

Gosh.
This is unusual for us up in the north. The tree I mean.

Dina said...

Eeuw!!

James Wei said...

These traps may attract bad karma by killing lives

i feel sorry for rodents :(

JM said...

The tourists will never notice the mouse traps! :-) Here the problem is more serious: a foreign beetle is killing palm trees, it feeds on the interior of the trunk and you don't notice it until the tree is dead.

Luis Gomez said...

Wow!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Those pesky rats are everywhere VP I'm sure tourists will see them wherever they go in the world. I have some benches you may like tomorrow!

Traveling Hawk said...

It's a good measur, I think.

Robert Geiss said...

Over here there's this beetle as well. Most trees have already been cut. Rats appear usually after sundown, at least at the beach. Please have a good weekend.

Halcyon said...

Interesting. I wonder if they got complaints from the tourists?