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.