A huge rat, measuring almost 16 inches not including its tail, terrified a Swedish family and their cat.
“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,” Signe Bengtsson told The Local. Her suspicions were confirmed when she saw the rat eating leftovers under the kitchen sink. “It was right there in our rubbish bin, a mighty monster. I was petrified. I couldn’t believe such a big rat could exist. I couldn’t help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream.”
Her husband, Erik Korsås, told BBC News that even the family cat had refused to enter the kitchen while the giant rat was in the house. Also living in the home were daughters Dana (17) and Erica (15), as well as sons Justus (13) and Laurentius (6).
The family immediately called pest control, who came and set up some heavy-duty traps. The rat was caught soon, but even as the trap went off the beast didn’t die; instead, it took off running with the trap still around its neck.
The creature did eventually die, and Korsås joked, “One of my sons said it was a Putin rat. But my older son said it was more like a Viking rat and I agree with him.”
After taking a few souvenir photos, the family moved on with their lives. That was three weeks ago, but suddenly the rat reared its head again — this time in story form, and labeled “Ratzilla” by local media. According to BBC News, “…[the story] rapidly scurried to the top of the country’s news agenda, attracting the attention of reporters at newspapers including the English-language The Local. On Tuesday, the “mega rat” became the most shared item for popular Swedish daily Aftonbladet, according to a tweet by journalist Sven Nordenstam.”
The kitchen has been since been repaired, and neither the family nor their cat, Enok, has been terrorized by rats. Still, there could be reason for all of us to worry in the future: Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz, of the University of Leicester in the UK, told the BBC that scientists believe rats could eventually grow into the size of sheep.
Sleep well tonight.