When we called again on Friday, the nice woman who picked up said yes, the rats would make good pets. Not only were the rats — 10 of them to be exact — domesticated animals. They’re up for adoption, said the woman. In the meantime, several TV news stations ran stories about the rat infestation at the homeless encampment, further fueling an increasingly high-tension debate over the city’s response to homelessness. As for who released the rats into the encampment…we don’t have an answer. Is it possible that the rats made the journey themselves, after escaping from the nearest pet store, or 4th grade classroom? Or did someone plant them there? Clearly more detective work is needed to solve this mystery. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new pet, you know where to go.