Giant rat: Swedes agog at ‘Ratzilla’ in Stockholm

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 women of the house – mother Signe and daughters Dana and Erica, 17 and 15 respectively – took fright but his sons, 13-year-old Justus and six-year-old Laurentius, eventually proved themselves as genuine rat-hunters, he said.

It was the boys who investigated after the trap was sprung and the injured animal crawled away. It was they who brought him tools to help establish that it was well and truly dead.

Justus wielded the iPad which captured his father posing with the dead intruder.

‘Mega rat’

The incident occurred three weeks ago and initially, after taking a few souvenir photos, the family thought no more about it.

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