The number of rat attacks has increased throughout the entire nation, and some tortoises are bitten down to the bone
The lockdown has brought rodents into our households, and the situation got pretty scary at one point. The entire world has been dealing with a global pandemic, and pretty much every business and lockdown was shut down.
Rats feast on kitchen scraps outside restaurants. The coronavirus shut down their only source of food. In an effort to find food to survive, rats started attacking our pets.
“Rats are becoming a huge problem this year. Please make sure your pet doesn’t become a victim,” experts from the International Tortoise Association say.
Celia Claypole, 60, is a volunteer at the local tortoise sanctuary in Sully, Glamorgan. She has witnessed at least 12 rat attacks in the first half of 2020.
“The rats are out and about in force and they are attacking tortoises,” Claypole says. “They’ll just keep chewing and chewing and chewing.”
Riccardo Cardia, a vet from Bridgend, shared similar thoughts. He said, “The rats are very persistent and their incisors are so strong. The tortoise will just sit there so they have all the time in the world. They will eat them alive.”
Andrea Morgan is one of his clients. She almost lost her pet Scooby, 80, after rats attacked it.
One night, the 80-year-old Scooby was mauled by a rat. Scooby was alive, but rats had eaten two of her legs. She also had a big wound on her back and it was infested with maggots.
Julie Hinks, founder of the Hampshire Tortoise Society in Fareham, explains that the number of rat attacks has increased drastically. The 54-year-old noticed that rats attack at local level, hunting pets down and eating them alive.
Freda, a Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise, had to have her legs covered in bandages after a rat attack that happened right before the government implemented the lockdown.
The tortoise feels good. Her therapy includes painkillers and skin cream. The tortoise was placed in a heated cabin, and the recovery process goes really well.
According to the RSPCA, owners should pay attention to their pet tortoises. Allowing them in the garden is acceptable only when there’s someone to watch them. Rats roam around and animals need our protection.