Giant rat killed at NY’s Marcy Houses apartment complex

Giant rat killed at NY’s Marcy Houses apartment complex

At New York’s Marcy Houses apartment complex, huge rats have been sighted and reported for at least six years now – and, one of these petrifying creatures, a 3-foot-rat, was recently killed by a worker of The Housing Authority!

According to experts, the huge rat that Jose Rivera, 48, bagged with a pitchfork is something called the Gambian pouched rat which is often kept as a pet, although its imports have been banned in the States for decades – ever since these rodents caused an outbreak of monkey-pox that made 100 people ill.

As per Paul Calle, from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Gambian pouched rat cannot reproduce with other species of rats since they belong to a different genus.

Meanwhile, talking about his kill, Rivera told the Daily News that the rat came running out of a rat hole with two other rats who escaped. About the giant rat that he stabbed, the city housing worker said: “I hit it one time and it was still moving. I hit it another time and that's when it died.” He also added that though he is not scared of rats, he was a bit afraid of being bitten.

Apparently, the size of the Gambian rat has had the Marcy House residents unnerved, with Pam Davis, a 43-year-old resident, telling the Daily News: “They (the rats) are here day and night. We don't dodge bullets. We dodge rats. They're so big, they should charge them rent”!

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