Ratzilla in Sweden

The appearance of a massive rat in a Stockholm family’s kitchen has made headlines in Sweden, where it is being dubbed “Ratzilla”…Measuring 40cm (nearly 16in) plus tail, the creature terrified the family in Solna district.

Pest controllers finally killed the intruder using an oversized trap.

Even the family cat had refused to enter the kitchen while the giant rat was in residence, father Erik Korsas told BBC News.

It appears that it reached the kitchen via a ventilation pipe, having gnawed its way through cement and wood.

After devouring food leftovers under the sink, the creature feasted on a “Swedish smorgasbord” of waste in the bin, according to Mr Korsas…

The incident occurred three weeks ago and initially, after taking a few souvenir photos, the family thought no more about it…But when they contacted Sweden’s Home And Rent website to see if it was interested in the story, it rapidly scurried to the top of the country’s news agenda, attracting the attention of reporters at newspapers including the English-language The Local…

Since the incident, the kitchen has been repaired and the family and its cat, Enok, have not been bothered by rats of any size. Nonetheless the family is “just waiting for the next rat to come home to us”, Mr Korsas said.

The rat weighed over 2 lbs. and was 16 inches long plus the tail. Cripes, that’s bigger than some of the pets I’ve had over the years.

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