Reporting from Atlanta — The pilgrims flock to greater Orlando by the millions, arriving by plane and by minivan to worship the beloved rodent.
But these days, another kind of rodent -- one without the fetching smile, the four-fingered gloves or the happy, yelpy little voice -- is plaguing the lives of locals.
It goes by the name Rattus rattus, the black rat, and it's having a banner season in Orange County, Fla., home of Orlando, Disney World and Mickey Mouse.
David Breen of the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Orange County Health Department has received 45 calls about rats since the start of February. Usually the department gets "one call every couple of weeks" at this time of year, Breen wrote.