Kuwait’s Rat Infested Beach Front!

Kuwait is slowly facing a rising endemic that is poised to threaten all fun activities on the beach front from Salmiya to Sharq; and that is the presence of street rats on the beach front.

not this type of street rat!

not this type of street rat!

Vermin.

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Disease carrying rodents.

As a runner/cyclist in Kuwait, I enjoy spending most of my sports time on the Gulf Road. Last month, whilst running the stretch from Marina Mall to the 3rd Ring Road on the island in the middle of the Gulf Road (the one being decorated with white stones), I was shocked to find a tiny mouse running alongside me! At first I wrote it off as a single occurrence, crossing the street to the other side only to be greeted by its larger, greyer cousin – the rat, amongst the rocks near the beach.

Rat infested beach

Yesterday night however, whilst cycling the route above, on a busy Friday night with people picknicking (and some illegally BBQing) along the beach, I came to know of the rising problem that is the rats. I am not sure whether people were just oblivious, or chose to ignore them, but in the garden area near Fridays, a rat ran by my bike, attempting to climb over it! Which lead me to yell out obscenities in astonishment amidst the family friendly area.

What really was bewildering was how everyone went about their activities without a care in the world! Families dined, children played, lovers frolicked in a disgusting display of public affection in the shadier areas, and all the while, the rats ran amok.

In the end, we have no one to blame but ourselves for this; for it is the people’s inability to clean up after themselves that sprung these disease ridden rodents out. It is through our refuse that they find their sustenance, and multiply at exponential rates.

Litterers should be heavily fined, and the area should be under more constant supervision in order to enforce such laws. The only police car in the area was parked near Green Island, where people had proceeded to park on the sidewalk despite sufficient parking spots being available.

It is time to act before it is too late.

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