Yep, for all you official rat catchers out there you do indeed have a special day devoted to you, and your goodly deeds. Rat Catcher's Day is the official date each year when rat catchers everywhere are recognized for their bravery in ridding communities of that oh so frightening pest known ever so commonly as the R A T.
Rat Catcher's Day came into being to commemorate the fabled story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and was to be celebrated on the very date that the Pied Piper led the rats out of Hamelin.
There are actually two official dates that people celebrate Rat Catcher's Day on so depending on where you reside and which day you prefer Rat Catcher's Day can fall on either June 26 or July 22.
So When Exactly Should you Celebrate this Holiday?
The official date for Rat Catcher's day became a little murky through time. There is a very logical reason why this confusion over the true date exists.
The holiday was set to mark the date that the Pied Piper famously led the rats out of the city of Hamelin. There are however two very famous citings of this tale. It is June 26 1284 that the Brothers Grimm place as the day in which the Pied Piper led the rats out of Hamelin while July 22 1376 is the date Robert Browning voices this momentous occasion as occurring on.
You can see how the confusion as to which day to celebrate arises. It is therefore acceptable to celebrate Rat Catcher's Day on either or both of these official dates.
If you are a rat catcher (or know an official rat catcher) both Rat Catcher's dates of June 26 and July 22 are appropriate for you to officially celebrate the grandness of this profession.
A Cat May be Able to Help but is no Match for a Pack of Rats
Rats Have Been Hunted and Trapped for Generations
Rats can squirm their way into almost any location. They flatten themselves out to slink into the smallest of openings and can virtually climb walls if the necessity arises where they have a desire to reach an upper area.
If left to their own devices rats can quickly become an infestation. They can breed up to twelve times a year and produce generally six offspring each time but can on occasion give birth to twenty or more young from one pregnancy.
Destruction of our food crops, stocks, and property, the dropping of feces, and the fact that rats can often carry disease ridden lice and fleas has kept this creature on the top of man's hit list.
This rodent is believed to have been responsible for the bubonic plague outbreaks that killed millions of people. Even today rats are still largely responsible for spreading illnesses such as infectious jaundice, trichinosis, and typhus.
Alberta Canada is a Strictly Enforced Rat Free Zone
Alberta Canada is designated as a rat free province. Yep, it is true. Alberta spends around $500,000. each year to insure that no rats enter their province. They have official rat catchers out searching for any rat that just might manage to find its way into that Canadian province.
It all started back in the 1950's and continues on today. Not only are wild rats not welcome in this province but tame ones are just as diligently hunted down and removed.
Don't consider sneaking a pet rat in with you or your furry little buddy will be quickly and officially escorted right back out of the province again. It is illegal to own a pet rat in Alberta and rats are just not welcome in Alberta.
Alberta has officially been rat free now for over 50 years and it is believed that rat catchers within the province are doing a very good job there. Although there was a rat in the province scare not long ago and rats was actually found within the borders of this rat free province. The appropriate authorities immediately raced in to eradicate the nest.
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