Pest controllers in the capital have their work cut out for them after a group of mates discovered an enormous 4FT rat – bigger than a CHILD.
Gas engineer Tony Smith, 46, spotted the rat while working at a block of flats in the middle of London – which measured an astonishing FOUR FEET long.
The giant mutant rat, which weighed upwards of 25lbs, was spotted lying in a bush next to a popular children’s playground.
The rodent, which was found dead, was discovered near where children play which backed onto a railway track near Hackney Downs, north London on Thursday.
Tony snapped a picture of the rat being held by electrician friend James Green, 46, to the glee and disgust of his friends.
Tony said: “This is the largest rat I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
“I’ve got a cat and a Jack Russell and it was bigger than both of those put together.
“I’d say it was about four foot.
“We were going to stick it in the bin, but before we did we thought we better take a picture of people won’t believe it’s real.”
Tony explained that the estate where he was working has an infestation of rats, so there is poison left around to catch the enormous creatures.
He said: “The bins get left open nearby so these little fellas have a pretty good diet.
“They eat fried chicken and rice all the time.”
The rat is the same length as a four-year-old boy.