Parisian public gardens next to Louvre overrun by huge rats

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Parisian public gardens next to Louvre overrun by huge rats
Employees of a rat extermination company check out for rats in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Employees of a rat extermination company check out for rats in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A rat runs in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A tourist points out a rat hiding in a hedge to his girlfriend in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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The Louvre is a must-see tourist attraction for those visiting Paris, but there's a very unwelcome visitor in the gardens outside of ​​it: rats. Cue the horror film music.

France 24 reports "Experts estimate that in Paris there are approximately two rats for every Parisian. And in the Tuileries gardens next to the Louvre, the furry vermin have become so used to humans, they don't even hide."

So, that's a lot of rats. How did they all get there?

​It seems people are pointing their fingers towards tourists as the party responsible for the problem. The Guardian spoke with a local gardener, who said:

"The tourists throw their scraps of pizza and sandwiches all over the place."

Although The Local reports rats in public gardens have been an issue in the past, too.

"For some tourists the rats are all part of the Parisian experience, thanks to Disney animation Ratatouille."

The movie is about a rat in Paris who aspires to become a chef. Though that rat is a lot cuter than real rats.

There seems to be a slight variation in how the story is being portrayed. American outlets seem to be using the word "infestation" in its headlines.

ABC: "They are having problems with a major infestation of them."

But headlines from overseas were a bit more generous. While the word "infestation" may be used in those articles, the headlines say things like "rampage" and "overrun." Although we would say "plague" is a bit dramatic.
The Louvre says pesticides are used regularly, and officials have brought in outside help. The story picked up steam after a photographer took pictures of the rats.
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