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‘Honey, There’s A Giant RAT In The Kitchen’

 

Ratzilla On The Loose

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It was a monster, all right, and the stuff of nightmares.

A family in a suburb of Stockholm was briefly terrorized by an
enormous rat  that had family members jumping on chairs and
left the cat “terrorized for a week.”

The behemoth, dubbed the “rat from hell” by Swedish website
The Local, crawled into the family’s kitchen through a hole up
from the cellar.  It tried to eat the family cat.

Signe Bengtsson was the first family member to spot the beast.

“I couldn’t help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and just scream,” she told The Local.

Reached by phone Thursday at their house in Solna, a small town near Stockholm, Erik Korsas said he at first didn’t believe his wife’s description of the scurrying critter.

“Next time I will believe my wife when she hears something rattling around behind the dishwasher,” he said.

“I was away for a few days on business when my wife called me and told me that there was a mutant rat in the kitchen,” Korsas said.  “I thought to myself that she was just over exaggerating and told her not to worry until I got home.”

“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 smorgasbord with all the leftovers,” he says.

His wife Signe, 39, added: 

“I heard some rustling and I looked and I saw this enormous rat eating the leftovers in the rubbish bin.  It really was a monster and it just sat there in the bin, staring at me.”

“I was absolutely terrified, petrified, and I just couldn’t believe that such a monster could exist– and be in my kitchen.  I have to admit, I just jumped onto the chair and I screamed.”

When Korsas did return, the mega-rat had chewed through water pipes and started a small flood.

Korsas said his smallest boy had labeled it a “Putin Rat,” but not because of any resemblance to the Russian leader.  “He said it was a ‘Putin Rat’ because it had invaded our home — and therefore it was like Putin.”

The huge beast – many times the size of a normal rat – chased the family out of their kitchen and attacked their pet.

An exterminator eventually killed the beefy rat, which was the size of a small cat and weighed one kilo– about 2.2 pounds.  It measured 16 inches from nose to claws– and that doesn’t include the tail.

Ordinary rat traps wouldn’t do the trick for Ratzilla: For this task, the exterminator brought in three special giant rat traps.  When one of them snapped shut on its neck, it continued to run around the kitchen.

“When they build mouse traps or rat traps, you think that the mouse or rat should be killed by the spring when it is activated.  This rat was so big over the neck the trap didn’t kill it,” Korsas said. 

The women of the house– mother Signe and daughters Dana and Erica, 17 and 15-years old– took fright but his sons, 13-year-old Justus and six-year-old Laurentius, proved themselves genuine rat-hunters, he said.

It was the boys who investigated after the trap was sprung and the
injured animal crawled away.  It was they who brought him tools to
help establish it was truly dead.

Korsas had heard tales of rats that grow to the size of dogs in New York City subways, an urban myth apparently known around the globe.  Korsas said the exterminator told him about similar beasts in Sweden’s big cities, which live the good life and gain weight– just like people do.

“In Scandinavia, everything is bigger,” he joked.

While the rat ate its way through solid concrete and wood and scampered up through the hole that has since been patched, there’s still a chance the family may see more of the creatures.

“The exterminator said the rat came from our basement.  It had gone from a cellar.  He said if there’s one, there are more.  Now they’ve fixed the hole that the rat made.  But we will see.” 

“We didn”t go into the kitchen afterwards and the cat, Enok, is still terrified.”

 

…And wait until the rest of the angry ratzilla family finds out what just happened.

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Sourced from The Local, BBC News, Fox and Metro News, and USA Today

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5 Responses to “‘Honey, There’s A Giant RAT In The Kitchen’”

  1. Stephen Lewis says:

    Long ago when our family lived in Oregon our cat Mickey, the hunter of hunter cats, brought back a rat he’d somehow killed that was as big as him. That rat was the biggest rat I’ve ever seen, big oppossum sized brown rat and ugly! God was it ugly, unlike the Scandinavian job, this one had that archetypal gnarled rat face, probably old which is how Mickey could kill it. He was the most masterful hunting cat I’ve ever had. Now we know such cats are extremely bad news for indigenous small wildlife. Still, Mickey was cute and sweet.

  2. skips says:

    As big as him? That’s a big rat.

    Mickey likely was cute. And useful! Rats, however, are a bird of a different feather, Stephen. They’re on our list of indigenous small wildlife to be eradicated– somewhere between lice, scabies, ticks, and leeches.

  3. Stephen Lewis says:

    I do love cats but I’ve learned some things from owning them for decades. They are evolved to be human cuddly and for hunting in human dominated environments. All felines bask in the fact they are Nature’s most efficient hunters. Any cat can get a bird or mouse, rat or gopher in our country very easily if it wants to. Not so in places like the Middle East where say in Jerusalem one sees these starving city cats going after anything remotedly edible.

    Cats are bad for wildlife:

    From the wildlifesanctuary.org site:

    “Cats kill billions of wild animals every year and represent a serious ecological threat to our environments. They kill more native animals that any other human related cause, such as car collisions and pesticide consumption, and are considered greatest human-linked threat to wildlife in the US.

    Cats kill enough prey to leave our native wildlife, such as fox, hawks, raccoons, skunks, opossums, etc… hungry and less able to survive. Diseases from cats have been found to put native wildlife in danger. Marine Mammals have started dying from the parasite causing toxoplasmosis that found its way into the oceans from cat poop left on land.”

    I will be getting a cat again ’cause I miss my kings and queens of the catbox and what else keeps mice and rats away?

  4. passin thru says:

    I have been surfing and by no means found any attention-grabbing rat-like article like yours. Gots to love the rodents especially when they tweak mayhem and havoc. Just a bit of wascally varmint excitement for us all!

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