An extermination exercise on March 26, 2008 caught 17 rats by Kowloon West Dynamic between 10pm and 11.15pm at a wet market on Canton Road, Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

How many rats are there in Hong Kong? Their thriving population reflects human society’s inability to clean up after ourselves

  • Assuming the same demographic as London or New York, Hong Kong’s population of 7 million people can support at least 10 million rats
  • Rats breed remarkably well. A single copulating couple can create a litter of 270 in 30 weeks, 5,900 rats in 46 weeks, and just under 12,000 within a year

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An extermination exercise on March 26, 2008 caught 17 rats by Kowloon West Dynamic between 10pm and 11.15pm at a wet market on Canton Road, Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP
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