TORONTO – If you thought the rat in the 1972 horror film, Ben, was scary, prepare to have nightmares for the rest of your life.
A family in Stockholm discovered a giant rat had eaten through a concrete wall and made its way into their kitchen earlier this month.
The creature, which measured close to 15 inches (38 centimetres) without its tail and weighed over 2lbs, had made a home behind their dishwasher, where it chewed through water pipes and caused a leak.
The family tried to scare it out, but the rodent, dubbed ‘Ratzilla’ by local media, didn’t budge and even showed signs it was ready to fight back.
Even the family cat was too scared to go near the room.
Industrial size traps were set by exterminators. But after the rat was caught, it was powerful enough to carry the trap away before dying.
The family says they have not had any other pest issues since.
Photos of the giant rat below, courtesy of the family’s son, Justus Bengtsson-Korsås.