Gravesend pic is '100% rat' according to wildlife expert

News Shopper: The rat pictured on a spade in gravesend earlier this month The rat pictured on a spade in gravesend earlier this month

A rodent debate is rat-tling on after another wildlife expert declared the critter photographed on a pink spade in Gravesend earlier this month was "100 per cent rat".

The photo shared by BBC Radio 2’s Twitter feed on April 15 appeared to show a mammoth, dead rodent on the beach but one expert thought it was a completely different animal.

Ben Johnson, who is director of Direct Pest Solution, based in Trosley Avenue, Gravesend, told News Shopper: "I don’t think it’s a rat, I believe it’s a coypu, a bit like a beaver."

However 53 per cent of News Shopper readers (120 people) believe it was definitely a rat, compared to 37 per cent (83 readers) who thought  it was a coypu and 10 per cent (23 people) who thought it was something else entirely.

Ashe Hurst, who is a Dartford-based freelance fishery manager and river keeper, told News Shopper: "I can assure you this is, in fact, 100 per cent rat.

"I have many years experience in this with 12 years of river keeping and wetland management. 

"Rats live along water ways, they swim a lot. They will eat vole, eggs, chicks in fact anything they can hunt and scavenge."

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12:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Citygirl83 says...

Why do people keep on scaremongering when it comes to rats?
They are highly intelligent, they won't do you any harm if you leave them alone. Yes Sewer rats aren't pleasant but when pipe structures are damaged they can find their way to the surface. And with people just casually dropping litter, fly tipping and refuse collections being reduced it is easy for them to find food. Yes they can get big but they aren't mutants.
Why do people keep on scaremongering when it comes to rats? They are highly intelligent, they won't do you any harm if you leave them alone. Yes Sewer rats aren't pleasant but when pipe structures are damaged they can find their way to the surface. And with people just casually dropping litter, fly tipping and refuse collections being reduced it is easy for them to find food. Yes they can get big but they aren't mutants. Citygirl83
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