NYC dwellers support bees and rats with rescues and fashion shows

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 5, 2012 in Rat News | Subscribe

While many New Yorkers are likely to show anxiety or fear toward bees and rats, there are others who support these creatures with rare enthusiasm.

Now that beekeeping is legal in NYC, there is a bigger buzz about town. When bees pack up their queen and search for a new home, they swarm through the area. Fearful New Yorkers can feel reassured knowing there is a Bee Rescue Team on the scene.

Displaced swarms are collected in boxes by the NYC Beekeeping’s Bee Rescue team then delivered to a new home. The Gothamist reports the Bee Rescue team was contacted yesterday about a swarm in Park Slope, which they promptly relocated to a community garden.

NYC Beekeeping co-director, Jim Fischer, said, “Swarming is a normal and non-aggressive behavior that typically happens during a several week period in the spring when an older queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees to find a new home, allowing one of her daughter queens to remain in the original colony. These flights are an awe-inspiring and natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies.”

With bees now happily pollinating NYC, there might be a need to call the Bee Rescue Team for a relocation. Meanwhile, another group of New Yorkers is showing their appreciation for rats.


The New York Daily News reports Raquel Citron is the organizer of the N.Y.C. Rat Meetup Group, with a membership of 425 rat fanciers. Citron states rats are “very misunderstood” and explains “the rat is as much a part of us as your dog is a part of you and your family. We love them and we feel love back.”

Eighteen years ago, Citron rescued her first rate from a university lab where she grew cells for human cancer research. Now Citron shared her Manhattan apartment with two white rats named Becky and Gina.

Last year, a total of 16 pet rats landed at the NYC Animal Care Control Shelters. Rescue groups frequently take the rats out of shelters to find them supportive homes.

Rat lovers can enjoy more of their favorite friends at a rat fashion show, rat educational showcase and screening of Disney’s “Ratatouille” at the NYC Fancy Rat Convention. The show happens from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 320 Studios on the 14th floor at W. 37th Street in Manhattan.  Admission is free for attendees under 3 and $2 for everyone else.


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