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Rats turning on each other, resorting to cannibalism in Pittsburgh during COVID-19 outbreak

PITTSBURGH — Less garbage on Pittsburgh’s streets is causing rats to turn on themselves, as turf wars break out on city streets during the COVID-19 outbreak.

With restaurants reducing operations and the food supply at a minimum, rats are getting desperate and resorting to cannibalism, Adam Witt, president of Witt Pest Management, told our news partners at

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“Our technicians are reporting an uptick in blatant open area behavior with an increase in rat activity and cannibalism,” Witt told

Other cities have seen similar behavior among rats, including New York City and New Orleans, among others.

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