Surrey’s mascot is actually a rodent, but this post isn’t about Sir. E. Beaver. When I first saw the date line of the following news story, combined with the title, I laughed. Of course the article about rats takes place in Surrey. I was about to go off on a tirade when I kept reading, hmm “South Surrey”.
Now we all know that those who live in “South Surrey” like to just say they live in White Rock because hey, that does have a better ring to it. But we do realize that South Surrey was pretty nice. Lovely golf courses, ocean views, forests, parks, beaches, but now nothing is sacred – all of Surrey is apparently rat infested.
Construction pushing rats out of their nests
SURREY (NEWS1130) – Imagine reaching for a box of pasta and getting a handful of rats instead! That’s what happened to Julianne Lee at the Save-On-Foods in South Surrey. Lee, who has a phobia of rodents, screamed for an hour and a half.
Save-On spoke with health workers, who think all the construction in the area has disturbed the rats’ nest and dens and sent them into places they don’t normally go. It may be a problem around the Lower Mainland, where booming construction could have an impact on the rodent population. [News1130]
The first time I saw a rat I was walking to work in Vancouver, along False Creek. I had lived in Surrey my entire life at that point and took the Skytrain to Main St to start walking up to Quebec. Right before the Burger King something scurried across the sidewalk in front of me. The second time came years later, in English Bay.
Sure the whole idea of reaching for a product on a shelf at the grocery store and getting a handful of rat instead sounds pretty amusing (to me anyway), but would this be news if it happened somewhere else? I don’t want to start crying about how persecuted Surrey is, but I know for a fact that “construction” has been displacing rodents all over the Lower Mainland for decades now. Lord knows Surrey isn’t the only community around here that’s experiencing growth and development. Although the whole “Whalley is the new Yaletown” statement is disturbing beyond belief [BR], but that’s another story, and another set of rats.