If you live in the UK…. oh boy! Good luck!
Most people are afraid of rats. They’re like bigger cockroaches, but can also bite chunks of your skin off! They breed like rabbits (if not faster) and spread who knows how many diseases! They are common pests in homes all over the world! Good thing these buggers are small in size though (on average 8-10 inches as a fully grown adult). Since they can cause so much damage with their small sizes, just imagine what would happen if they were bigger, for example the size of small to medium dogs or toddlers. Well, if you live in UK, you can stop imagining and start barricading your doors and windows! (O.K, I’m exaggerating, you don’t have to barricade your doors and windows, as in DO NOT PANIC, but if you have a rat problem, maybe you should take care of that sooner!)
The rat pictured above was measured at 60 cm in length! In Grimsby, England, a resident reported to S.W.A.T Total Pest Control about scurrying vermin running across their patio. A technician showed up and ended up trapping this giant rat!
Although there has been a recent boom in fake “giant rat” pictures, S.W.A.T Total Pest Control’s very own Jeff Sullivan assures that this is the “real deal”. In the photo, Sullivan stated that a lot of pictures out on the web of giant rats are taken at weird angles and all sorts of tricks to make the rat look bigger, but in his case, it is “exactly as you see it.” Apparently there is a real fear developing in Grimsby about a super breed of rats that can grow up to 60 cm or more! 60 cm is nearly 2 ft long, and at that size, most pets will not attack it. In fact, due to the sheer size and the potential diseases they can carry, a household pet can be adversely affected for having to tussle with them!
Mr. Sullivan is not one hundred percent sure how this rat became so big, but proposes that the rat probably had a “free run” at eating very high protein foods. In addition to this diet, rats found here were observed to feed on maize products. Maize products have high levels of Vitamin K which is an antidote to rat poison! (Did you know? I had no idea.) What is really fearful is if this rat was able to mate with a larger female or not. Would its traits be passed down, or has it already been passed on to the next litters? Will we really be seeing the rise of the planet of the giant rats? (Creeps me out just thinking about it… even though when they’re small they are can be pretty cute)