DailyMail: A woman was forced to drop her trousers in the middle of a packed rush hour subway train when a rat ran up her trouser leg. Ana Vargas, 40, was sitting in the train at 7.50am as it approached New York’s Columbus Circle station when the terrifying rodent suddenly crawled up her leg. The hotel supervisor said she initially thought it was her trousers moving until she realised she was being attacked. Despite violently shaking her trousers, the large rodent still didn’t drop out. ‘I said, “Oh, my God — it’s an animal on my leg”‘ , she told New York Daily News. ‘I was shaking, but nothing was coming out . . . I had to pull my pants down in front of everyone on the train.’ Thankfully, Mrs Vargas’ blushes were saved when three men tried to shield her from flashing people in the carriage. ‘I grabbed his head, because he was scratching me, she said. ‘I didn’t want it to bite.’ As the train stopped, Mrs Vargas – who works at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – dropped the rat and ran for help in a state of shock. She describes being extremely nervous and was shaking and shivering following the incident on Friday. Police officers were called to the scene along with paramedics who took her to the Roosevelt Hospital. She was treated by doctors for scratches to her thigh and leg. She also described feeling a burning sensation. Mrs Vargas was given a Tetanus shot before being released from the hospital. The rat could not be found after the incident, which has left Mrs Vargas traumatised and fearful about using the subway to get to work every day. Following the rat attack, extra inspections have been carried out on the subway network. MTA – which manages the subways – said it regularly cleaned subway cars and platforms which could attract rodents. The agency also said passengers can help by not eating food in the subways and throwing litter in rubbish bins.
Fuckin’ NYC rats! Arguably the most fearless, disease ridden creatures in the world. Don’t blame Ana Vargas for one second here. One of these fuckers runs up my pants and they can keep’em. Don’t even want them back. Yea, I’ll walk home in my underwear cause that’s nothing compared to what I’d contract from a rat gnawing on my leg. You know what that burning sensation is on your leg, Ana? Probably some rare, untreatable disease that that rat had from chewing on a dead homeless man’s body. No thanks!