Giant rat terrorises Swedish family

Giant rat terrorises Swedish family

STOCKHOLM - A family suffered a hairy moment when they were paid a visit by a rat, a 40 cm giant rat.

The rat had terrorised the family's feline for a week before the mistress of the household discovered it, reported The Local, a Swedish news portal.

Signe Bengtsson told The Local that she had spotted the rat eating leftovers when she was clearing the trash. Her immediate reaction was to jump on the table and scream.

When she told her husband, Erik Korsas, who was away at the time, he refused to believe her and told her to "take it easy", and that he will be back on Sunday.

But by the time he had arrived home, the rat had been "domesticated" and was living under the kitchen table, The Local reported. Korsas, added that the rat had also chewed through the water pipes connected to the dishwater and started a small flood.

However, when the family spotted the rat running into a nook behind the dishwasher, they called the pest controllers, who arrived with three heavy-duty traps.

The rat was caught by its neck by one, but failed to die immediately and took to hiding behind the dishwasher again. Bengtsson called her husband, who found the dead creature and measured it to be 39.5cm.

The news portal also reported that the pest controllers told the family that rat had found its way into the apartment cellars by chewing through cement and wood.

abrahamr@sph.com.sg

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