toilet rats
Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

Well this is terrifying and will likely haunt my dreams for months…from the Cleveland Park listserv:

“11:15 pm, on my way upstairs to bed, stopped in at the bathroom beside the kitchen instead of waiting until I got upstairs to pee. As I lifted the lid of the toilet – I saw a rat inside the toilet bowl. A full grown, not dead, Norway rat.


I can still hear it swimming. Other toilets in the house are rodent free. Doesn’t this happen only in the horror movies?

311 transferred me to animal control which was no help. They don’t do rodents and they don’t do private homes. DC water and sewer was no help and had no ideas. I can’t get in touch with my plumber for help or suggestions, he seems to be out of town, and so far, Adcock’s emergency number hasn’t returned my call.”

And to cement the nightmares, one resident responded:

“Around 15 years ago I found a live huge Norway rat in my toilet. My brave husband dispatched him and I called our plumber. He said they can climb and swim and defeat the built-in “protection” (the sharply curved trap section of the plumbing) and that nothing is wrong with the system. He also assured me that “it is a once in a lifetime event.” Well, we must be very special because over the years it has happened two more times. In all 3 events the rat was unable to get out of the toilet, if that is some consolation.


From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) today announced a new beekeeping program in partnership with the DC Beekeepers Alliance.  In an effort to support urban beekeeping and to increase pollination in the District, residents of the District of Columbia may apply to keep their personally-owned honeybee hive on one of seven (7) DPR designated beehive sites. 

Bees are essential to the health of the ecosystem and natural environment. Bees contribute to the pollination of seeds which ultimately yield flowering plants and fruit.

To participate in the beekeeping program, individuals must be District residents, complete a twelve (12) hour beekeeping course, and submit an application available on DPR’s website. Space is very limited.

For more information, application, and frequently asked questions please visit: Urban Beekeeping Program

and remember: “If you see a swarm of bees, please call or text (202) 255-4318 or email [email protected] and and a team of DC beekeepers will spring into action to give house-searching honeybees the home they are looking for!”

duck defenders
Photo by Judy

Ed. Note: I love that three separate readers captured and sent us the shot above. Thanks to all. As since we’re in the season – if you catch a great duck scene or any greatness for that matter please email [email protected] or tweet us @PoPville Thanks!

Heidi writes this morning: “I think the ducks learned how to read.”

Photo by The Basics

And yesterday The Basics captured the great scene above: “check out this act of animal kindness on 13th Street NW!”


Thanks to a reader for sending yesterday afternoon:

“A rare moment of cuteness near L’Enfant Plaza on 7th in front of Pizza Autentica.”

Keep your eyes peeled for street crossing escorts and email [email protected] when you do please!

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

Saw some folks on Facebook and twitter mentioning some loud bird squawks very early this morning. Anyone else hear more than usual springtime squawks? One reader asks:

“There seems to be a tropical bird squawking outside my window or in the area. I live in Brookland two blocks from the metro by Dance Place. I’m guessing someone lost their pet bird? It has been making non stop noise since 1:45am. Can not spot it, but can defiantly hear it.”

What do you think pet bird, or just regular birds. Though 1:45am does seem usually early? Do we have an ornithologist in the house?!?


From MPD:

“Meet Freedom and Justice the pair of bald eagles who have taken over the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Academy in Southeast, DC. This week MPD launched a live streaming of the Bald Eagle Nest Cam after the pair of eagles laid two eggs last month.

Live Eagle Cam

Freedom and Justice have nested there for eleven years, one hundred ten feet up an oak tree. On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Freedom laid her first egg at 4:30 pm. A second egg followed at 8:10 am on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The eaglets are expected to hatch between March 23 and 28.

Freedom, the female, has primary responsibility for incubating her eggs and caring for the young chicks, once they hatch. Justice, the male, has the crucial job of catching fish and bringing them for his mate and hatchlings. (more…)