Photo Proof: Giant rat slain in Brooklyn, New York

Last week, we reported that rodents of unusual size (the size of freaking rabbits to be precise) were invading New York. Today we have photographic evidence that these rats are here, and they are ready to take over.

Photo Proof: Giant rat slain in Brooklyn, New York

According to Black and Brown News this rat was speared in the New York City Housing Authority properties known as the Marcy Houses, in Brooklyn.

Folks are saying that the thing weighed over 2.2 pounds and is about 3 feet long. Unnamed sources spoke to BBN claiming that they'd seen up to 8 large rats killed at a time, found around the building and on the playground.

The hero who killed the mighty beast is Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera. Rivera explained his battle to the NY Daily News:

"I hit it one time and it was still moving...I hit it another time and that's when it died. I'm not scared of rats but I was scared of being bitten."

We would be too! The NY Daily Animal Expert guesses that this is a Gambian pouched rat, which is a type of pet rat, but that doesn't make it any less terrifying.

Images via BBN

[Thanks to Mike Byhoff via NY Daily News]