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Rat showering like a human may not be what it appears

By Dannielle Maguire
‘Shower rat’ isn’t actually showering

We’re sorry guys, but experts reckon that “shower rat” video might not be as legit as you think.

By now you have probably seen this clip of a what looks like a rat taking a leisurely shower, just like a human.

A guy called Jose Correa, a DJ from Peru, claims he shot the video in a bathroom sink in Huaraz city.

Correa says he was on his way to take a shower when he spotted the rodent on Saturday morning.

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“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he told Tui Benjamin at Caters News.

“I care a lot about animals so I wanted to protect his privacy.

“It went on for about 30 seconds, and then he ran off.

“I think he just wanted to give himself a good clean.”

Correa posted the video to his YouTube channel, pasting the SoundCloud link to one of his remixes in the video description.

It then went mega viral, with the view count being somewhere around the 37 million mark.

The clip was shared across Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media kids are using today.

But now stories are emerging calling BS on Shower Rat.

And fair enough, because you have to wonder how a rat just happened to be all soaped up like that on its own – it does sound like a bit of a stretch.

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Take this one from Gizmodo science reporter Ryan Mandelbaum, who spoke to researcher in urban rat biology Tuomas Aivelo from the University of Helsinki.

He said the movements of this little guy were suss, suggesting that the suds may have been irritating him.

“A rat wouldn’t do that unless there’s something it really wants to get rid of,” Aivelo said.

“I think it’s soapy all over.

“That’s probably a problem for the rat.”

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When we spoke to Correa over Facebook, he told us there was “no cruelty at all”.

“Look the video carefully, the rat is taking a shower pleased with himself,” he told 9Pickle.

“After he took a shower, he just left.”

We asked him whether he soaped up the rat, but he didn’t answer that question.

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And another story, this time from Newsweek science journo Kristin Hugo, questions whether rodent is actually a rat at all.

Dallas Krentzel, a biologist who specialises in rodents at the University of Chicago, reckons it could be something called a pacarana.

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“With the large head size, bipedal position, flexible forelimbs, short stiff tail, and consistent coat colour…this animal fits the ID of a pacarana,” Krentzel said.

“There is just no other rodent that would fit all of those features, and the fact that this video was taken in Peru where pacaranas are known just seals the deal.”

Hmm.

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