Rats overrun home of Mona Lisa
Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the world famous Louvre Museum. They romp on the grass in broad daylight.
The hot weather in Paris has brought many visitors to the garden. Their garbage is a feast for the rats.
The lush area gives a rat plenty of places to hide. But the critters scamper about openly, unfazed by people strolling about.
The Louvre, which owns the garden, has been trying to combat the rat problem for months. In May, sanitation officials and exterminators decided to embark on an all-out offensive: Workers, acting methodically, were seen Tuesday pouring poison down the rat holes.
It hasn't helped.
"I see about 10 or 15 (rats) every day," said Traore Massamba, 25, a maintenance worker. "There are a lot of people who come here to picnic and they leave their leftovers, so I think that attracts them."
Tourists may have to get used to an occasional rat scampering about the garden. Given the size of the garden, the rats may be impossible to eradicate.
Critical thinking challenge: List at least three challenges the rat eradicators face.