Government officials in India have blamed rats for disappearing alcohol for the second time in less than two years, after seeing a warehouse being inexplicably cleared of all its beer.
Most of you reading this have likely found yourself in a situation where you wish there was more alcohol. That you simply can't believe how much of it has been consumed and you're adamant that someone else must have been sneakily helping you consume it. Then, when you wake up the next day, it becomes very apparent that you probably did drink more than you realized.
When we do find ourselves in those situations, we normally point the finger of blame directly at partners, housemates, or fellow party guests. In India, officials have selected rats as the scapegoats. Let us explain. Bihar, a state in India where alcohol is prohibited, keeps confiscated alcohol in warehouses called godowns. However, one godown in particular has recently been inexplicably cleared of all its beer.
Last week, officials turned up at the godown only to discover that all of the containers had holes in them and had been emptied of their beer, as reported by the Times Of India. Police in the Kaimur district, the scene of the crime, were quick to point the finger of blame directly at our rodent friends. Apparently, in situations where water is not available, rats will resort to drinking alcohol.
However, many people are naturally quite skeptical. Gopal Sharma, a scientist at the Zoological Survey of India, said that he finds it hard to believe rats could consume the amount of beer that has gone missing. VS Dubey, the former chief secretary of undivided Bihar and Jharkhand, is of the belief that officials are either drinking the beer for themselves or illegally selling it to others.
That's quite a claim and obviously, there is currently no proof of that. However, upon inspection, there were apparently no rats to be found in the godown. Curious stuff, and not the first time this has happened. Back in May of 2017, large amounts of alcohol went missing in similar fashion in Patna. Rodents were blamed on that occasion too. Either Indian rats are alcoholics or something more sinister is afoot.