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Rodent rescue: Dozens of tame rats left out in the cold in northern Colorado

By: Julia Rentsch, Reporter-Herald
December 24, 2017 Updated: December 25, 2017 at 6:12 am
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(Julia Rentsch / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

LOVELAND -- The Larimer Humane Society in Loveland became the beneficiary of more than 80 domesticated rats Friday after animal control officers rescued the rodents from two Fort Collins natural areas.

A concerned citizen called the Larimer Humane Society on Thursday evening to report about 30 apparently tame rats at the North Shields Ponds Natural Area in Fort Collins, officials said.

Humane Society officers rescued some of the rats Thursday, and then another call came in Friday morning that echoed the concerns of the first: The caller had found dozens of friendly rats at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, about six miles away from the first location.

The rats ran up to passersby and begged for food, even climbing up a person's leg, said Jason Downs, one of the animal protection and control officers who responded to the calls.

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