Youtube: A usually boring Monday morning commute to work at Brooklyn was stirred up by this little guy. He joined us at the Fulton street station on the A train going downtown. Someone getting off the train was screaming “RAT on the train!”. But by the time everyone realized what was happening, the doors closed and the train entered the tunnel. We were stuck with him till the other end.
Well I guess that’s one way to snap out of your Monday morning funk than spending $10 on a Starbucks coffee. Imagine the terror on people’s faces when someone yells RAT just as the subway doors close? Pure panic. And this is the A train baby! No switching in between cars on this one.
Side note: Love this lady! It’s like she’s been there and done this a million times with this positioning.
Gawker: Ratzilla, the big ass rat that terrorized a Swedish family for weeks, is finally dead. Erik Korsas and his family first realized they had a problem when their pet cat refused to enter their kitchen. “We thought it could be a little mouse, but after a while we figured it couldn’t be because it was making too much noise,” Korsas’ wife, Signe Bengtsson, told The Local. Several days later she spotted a giant rat eating from her garbage can. “It was right there in our rubbish bin, a mighty monster. I was petrified. I couldn’t believe such a big rat could exist,” she said. “I couldn’t help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream.” She called her husband, who was away on a business trip. “When my wife called I said ‘Yeah, sure, take it easy, I’ll be home on Sunday. But by then it had jumped into the waste bin and had a Swedish smörgåsbord with all the leftovers,” he said. For days, the family lived in horror, stomping loudly when they entered the kitchen to scare the hell rodent away. “By the time I got home, the rat was so domesticated that it just sat under the kitchen table,” Korsas said. Finally, Korsas called exterminators, who set a a trap. Eventually, the rat became trapped by its neck, but it refused to die right away; instead, it crawled behind the dishwasher, where it finally expired some time later. Korsas measured its body at 39 cm, or nearly 16 inches, not including the tail. He believes it reached the kitchen by gnawing through the wood and cement floor. “It was quite a shocking experience,” Bengtsson said in summary. “No one wanted to go into the kitchen after, and the cat was terrified for a week. The pest controllers said they’d never seen such a big rat before.”
OK let’s start off by sparing me the comments that this was an inhumane way to catch this thing. Any rat that big just sitting at the kitchen table smoking cigs telling you to fuck off will not get any kind of fair treatment from me. I mean look at this thing! I’m not one to get scared by mice or rats and living in NYC (especially the upper west side) we get our fair share of them. That being said, I would not be returning to my apartment if this thing was occupying it. Fucking thing was a voice box away from becoming Splinter. This is the second time I’ve heard a story of a rat being this large and it freaks me out. If this is the next wave of shit to hit NYC then it might be time to move.
HuffPost: Although Tehran has had a decades-long struggle with rats, its rodent problem seems to have grown to epic proportions as of late. Giant rats that have been flushed out of their nests by melting snow are the focus of a renewed extermination effort in the Iranian capital, according to several reports. Some of the rodents reportedly weigh as much as 11 pounds. The International Business Times quoted Tehran city council environment adviser Ismail Kahram, who told Iranian news website Qudsonline.ir that the rats “seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them.” “They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that normally take millions of years of evolution. They have jumped from 60 grams to five kilos, and cats are now smaller than them,” Kahram said, according to the outlet. Regardless of size, Tehran is reportedly ramping up its response to the rodents. Apparently a team of army snipers is now hunting the rats by night, using rifles equipped with infrared scopes. IBT reported that 2,205 rats have been killed so far. It’s like a warped bonus round of “Big Buck Hunter,” except the only ones scoring points off this emergency are the media. The Times of Israel made a “Princess Bride” reference in its coverage about the rats, whereas the Times of London took aim at Tehran’s “experience when it comes to [exterminating]… its political opponents.” Whether Tehran’s rats are mutated or not, some scientists have reported that certain rat populations are becoming resistant to poison. In 2012, a researchers in Britain published findings that estimated 75 percent of rats in West England were resistant to rodenticide.
Remember the story of that huge NYC rat a while back? And that just turned out to be someone’s pet. When the rats get big enough to warrant a sniper team, it’s time to test the water in Iran. But imagine this shit in NYC? Your leaving a bar and a rat the size of a bear cub comes running down the street and all the sudden gets sniped in the head by Seal Team 6? Just another thing people would have to worry about late night in the Big Apple–subway muggers, cannibal cops, and a fuckin real life Splinter.
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!
“There’s no way it’s a common sewer rat,” Dr. Robert S. Voss, the Curator of Mammals at The American Museum of Natural History in New York, told HuffPost after reviewing the picture. “I’m 90 percent certain that it’s a a Gambian pouched rat.” Voss estimated the rat to be about two-and-a-half feet in length. Another huge Gambian pouched rat made headlines last year when it was killed in Brooklyn’s Marcy houses. Voss said it’s possible this rat was once a pet that could have escaped or been released. Gambian pouched rats were once imported to the United States for sale as pets, but abc.net.au reports that an outbreak of monkeypox in the early 2000s caused the importation of African rodents to be banned. Despite its size, Voss said the rat is harmless and docile, so there’s no need to be worried if you encounter one. He did, however, recommend walking away and calling animal control immediately. An employee at the Foot Locker on Fordham Road in The Bronx who was asked about the image said he was not authorized to speak on the matter. Another representative from Foot Locker’s corporate offices told HuffPost she was not familiar with the image but said she would be looking into it.
Jesus Christ! Either Splinter from TMNT really exists or NYC has it’s first confirmed chupacabra. Two and a half feet?! How is this guy even holding this thing with one hand? I don’t care how docile or innocent this fuckin thing is, if I came across it I would shit and/or piss my pants. And the thought of someone having this as a pet is even more disturbing. No wonder they let it go, it’s equivalent to having a roommate in your apartment. Probably eating everything in site and hogging all the couch space. I hope I never see something like this again…!
AM New York:
A rat bit a horrified straphanger earlier this week on a subway platform. The unidentified woman, described as being in her mid-20s, was waiting for the J train on a bench at the Chambers Street station about 9:30 Monday morning when, she said, the rodent peeked out from underneath and bit her right foot, which was unprotected by her open-toed shoes. “She was crying — she was quite hysterical,” when the woman went to the service booth at the station, a subway employee told amNewYork yesterday. “She had a cut … you could see the fresh blood,” he continued, adding that it was the first time he had heard of a commuter being attacked by a rat. The woman was taken to New York Downtown Hospital, according to an MTA document. Spokesmen for the hospital and the MTA did not comment by press time. While rats are fairly common in subway stations, most rodent bites occur when people at home try to release mice from traps, health department spokeswoman Susan Craig said. About 200 rodent bites are reported each year, according to city data. “The best way to prevent rats is to keep the subway stations clean,” Craig said. “The more people can do to keep garbage away, and to not throw garbage in the subway tracks — especially food — the less rats there will be.”
NYC rats are seriously no joke. Most are the size of kittens and just the nastiest subway creatures next to this guy. I was walking down the sidewalk late one night and I swear to god one ran out right in front of me and just stood there and stared at me as if to say ‘pay the toll asshole.’ He was not scared of me at all and looked at me like I was the crazy one. It’s not a surprise that this woman got bit but it surprises me what time it happened. 9:30am!? Shouldn’t rats be sleeping at that point? Commuters shouldn’t have to worry about rats at that time! Now if it were 5 or 6 hours earlier I can see them being all over. Fuck terrorism, I’m worried about getting bit by the rabid rats that are probably wandering the subway just spreading some undiscovered disease all over the place. This chick is probably dying a slow, painful death with her hair falling out and there is no cure in sight. Happy Friday!