Giant Rat Killed in Brooklyn

No this is not a nightmare: A Brooklyn man killed a three-foot rat with a pitchfork Wednesday—and he says he has seen more. New York Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera said he speared the giant rat several times because it kept moving. Animal control experts said they thought it was a Gambian pouched rat, which are a fairly common pet rat but can grow to three feet. Residents of the public housing building said they have seen huge rats like this before. “Even the cats are afraid of the rats,” said resident Stephanie Davis, 44. “They get together and gang up on the cats.”