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Imagine the look on the faces of the clean up crew that encountered a “giant rat” the size of a small automobile in Mexico City’s sewer system.
Workers were dredging the sewers last week, cleaning 22 tons of trash from the city’s drainage system, when they came across what appeared to be a humongous drowned rat, according to Border Report.
Turned out, the “rat” was a Halloween prop that somehow got washed away from it’s home in a warehouse during storms, ending up in a labyrinth of drains underground, the border news source reported.
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) September 21, 2020
And while it was a mystery how the prop ended up in the sewer, people were still amazed at how much it looked like a real rodent.
As seen in the photo below shared by a social media user, the creature was nearly as tall as a policeman when sitting up.
IN TEARS BECAUSE A GIANT RAT MASCOT WAS THE REASON SEWERS IN MEXICO WERE BLOCKED pic.twitter.com/YD94Yu6bxF
— vanessa (@IoganIermqn) September 20, 2020
A local woman, identified as Evelin López, came forward to say the prop was hers.
Lopez, who reportedly collected Halloween-related material, said that the giant rat washed away years ago during storms and she received no assistance after asking on multiple occasions for help to search the sewer.
And while you may think of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio when considering giant rats in The Big Apple, a social media user shared a montage of photos, tweeting: “We have those in NYC.”
We have those in NYC pic.twitter.com/Mq63JoTuBN
— AnimalMemorial (@AnimalMemorial) September 21, 2020
Of course, in New York City, they have more problems with actual rats, especially after the coronavirus pandemic upset the natural order of things.
With restaurants and diners shut down for so long, rats were cut off from key sources of food and are more assertive in their search for food, as diners taking advantage of outdoor seating can attest — as of late June, the city allowed restaurants to serve in outdoors settings.
The shut down stunted the economy, and budget cuts to programs that target rats have residents concerned.
“The trash is ridiculous and the rats are even more ridiculous,” Tiffany Joy Murchison told the non-profit website The City last month.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer took to joking about the rat population at an August press conference.
“These rats have the run of New York City,” Stringer said at a Harlem press conference about the infestation, according to the New York Post. “These rats are walking around waiting for a table at outdoor seating.”
City Hall over $21 million for litter basket pickup from the Sanitation Department’s budget, reducing service from seven to three days a week, the paper reported, and rat sightings jumped substantially.
“The mounds of garbage are both unsightly and unsanitary, driving away customers at a time when small businesses are struggling to survive, and attracting rats and vermin which spread disease while our city is in the midst of a deadly pandemic,” Stringer said in a letter to the Sanitation and Health departments.
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