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Ratopolis - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB520378
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  François Séguillon
Directors:  Gilles Thérien
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Science
Language:  French
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1973
Running Time:  56:40

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A study of the wily brown rat, humankind's unwanted companion throughout the world, whose bite on the world's food resources adds to the growing threat of shortage. In a normal, free-ranging environment, the rat is more than a match for its hosts and colonies flourish. Under abnormal conditions of restricted space and limited food, a rat colony loses all 'social' constraints on behaviour. The film has implicit analogies for all animal behaviour, including humanity's. Plagues, predators and extermination attempts are among the topics discussed.

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