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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hamelin: German town hit by new plague of rats

25 May 2012

 Legend has it that the rats were lured to their fate 
in the River Weser

The fabled German town of Hamelin may need a new rat-catcher after it emerged that rodents had gnawed through a cable powering one of its fountains.

Hamelin is popular with tourists because of the legend of the Pied Piper who ended its plague of rats in 1284.

The Brothers Grimm told of how a man in colourful garb charmed the rodents into the River Weser, where they drowned.

But now the rats have staged a comeback, officials say, lured by food left by the tourists for the birds.

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18203263

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