The rats have taken up residence in the window of Roots and Legends, the oriental medical clinic at 3209 Washington Ave., Uptown.
However, there's no cause for alarm.
Today is the Chinese New Year, and this is the Year of the Rat, one of the 12 animals of Chinese astrology. (The others are ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.)
Each year, Roots and Legends commissions a local artist to create the animal and fill their front window. Kate Remingon is this year's artist, and her medium is a cement-like sculpture material. The rats look quite friendly and inviting.
Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, says that rat astrological sign is associated with "a time of hard work and renewal in many ways" that marks "a good year to begin a new job, get married, launch a product or make a fresh start."