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Giant rat terrorizes family in Sweden

By T.K. Randall
March 31, 2014 · Comment icon 39 comments

The rat measured over 40cm in length. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Chris Barber
The huge 16-inch-long rat managed to chew its way in to their kitchen through a ventilation pipe.
The massive rodent is believed to have made itself at home behind the kitchen sink where it continued to grow in size thanks to a practically unlimited amount of leftover food scraps.

"It was right there in our rubbish bin, a mighty monster," said Signe Bengtsson. "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."

The huge rat was eventually caught after an exterminator laid out heavy duty traps in the kitchen. "No one wanted to go into the kitchen after," added Bengtsson. "The cat was terrified for a week."

Source: USA Today | Comments (39)




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Comment icon #30 Posted by Mikko-kun 10 years ago
From but or balls (for boys balls add 1-2cm because they're so big) to the nose tip.
Comment icon #31 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
Given these evolved rats, I suppose we will be adopting cheetahs as household "mousers" in the near future.
Comment icon #32 Posted by HollyDolly 10 years ago
On the Daily Mail ,a british tabloid site,,they have about an Irish family having a rat that was bigger about I think they said 20 or 24 inches long.Have photos of the thing.I wonder where these super rats are coming from? There has to be some poision that will kill them. And your right might need cheetahs as rat killers.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Hida Akechi 10 years ago
There has to be some poision that will kill them. There is, a 12-guage shotgun. Or maybe something a little less powerful if there is a space issue.
Comment icon #34 Posted by sea-dove 10 years ago
They should of caught it and then sold it to someone who wants to breed huge rats... there could be a market for "cat rats"
Comment icon #35 Posted by Likely Guy 10 years ago
On another note, today is happy 'Rat Day'. http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=264677&pid=5128879&st=0entry5128879
Comment icon #36 Posted by coldethyl 10 years ago
I have 5 cats and they had better team up on a rat that big!
Comment icon #37 Posted by Erowin 10 years ago
Could it be... my dream of having a giant rat the size of a cat could come true? That is my ideal pet. A rat large enough that I don't have to cage it, and can let it roam around the house and could snuggle with me on the couch. Teach it to use a litter box, maybe leash them and take them for walks... Perfect.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hida Akechi 10 years ago
They should of caught it and then sold it to someone who wants to breed huge rats... there could be a market for "cat rats" ...a crat?
Comment icon #39 Posted by JGirl 10 years ago
ok i can't keep it to myself any longer. i hate when words are misused! this rat did not terrorize the family. it terrified them. there, i feel better now


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