We feel comfortable keeping track of where rats are in our city from behind a computer screen, but we know there are those New Yorkers who have pet rats, some of whom carry them under their hats or in their mouths for safekeeping. It's one thing to have one as a pet—it's another thing to affectionately "save" a filthy, disease-carrying subway rat.

De Blasio could certainly learn something from this woman about handling animals.