Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rats return to German city and gnaw through power cable, putting fountain out of action

Hamelin may be in need of another Pied Piper as it seems the German city's infamous rats are back.

A popular fountain has been put out of service after the rodents gnawed through a power cable, local officials have announced.

The Lower Saxony city is where, legend has it, the Pied Piper led all the rats out in 1284 with his magic pipe into the Weser River, where they drowned.

But more than 700 years later, city officials say such drastic measures may not be necessary.

The fountain was due to be permanently closed anyway because of the high upkeep cost, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

And the solution in the fictitious Piper story isn't practical anyway - rats are actually pretty good swimmers. Read More