A five-year-old boy was left traumatized and covered in cuts after a foot-long rat attempted to eat his face as he slept.
As anyone with an eye for vermin knows, rats are on the rise. These yellow-toothed, beady-eyed rodents with their terrible appetites and disgusting habits are getting bigger, bolder, and becoming a lot more prominent as standards drop abysmally in public sanitation, hygiene, food waste, and refuse disposal.
Rats are hearty creatures and are the only mammal that could potentially survive a nuclear war. And when their blood is up and they’re on the rampage, they’re difficult creatures to beat to death with a baseball bat, as one father recently found out when he discovered a massive rat trying to eat the face of his five-year-old son as he slept.
The Mirror reports that, just like any other night, Gholam Salehi put his son Amir to bed, wished him goodnight, turned off the light, and then left him. It didn’t cross Mr Salehi’s mind that his son could be attacked in his own home by a creature so vile, so loathsome, and so repugnant that it would give nightmares bad dreams. What are we talking about? We’re talking about the king of the sewers, the Prince of pestilence, and the Duke of dung, we’re talking about the lowly rat!
Checking on his son later that night, Mr Salehi was horrified to find a foot-long rodent savagely attacking his son and tearing strips off his face.
Like any concerned parent, the father-of-three wasted no time in grabbing the nearest baseball bat and attacking the crazed creature who was scuttling around in a bloodthirsty and barbaric frenzy.
“It was going for his throat, trying to get into his mouth and get to his heart. I thought it had killed him. There was so much blood.”
Being a brazen beast the rat fought back against being beaten with the bat, but man eventually bettered the vicious vermin.
“When I was hitting it with the bat it was like metal, so hard. It wasn’t scared of me. It fought back and was very tough.”
Gholam, from Holloway, north London, is convinced that the rat entered his house by climbing in through an open window. He claims his home has been under siege by vermin after a nearby community center became riddled with rats.
Amir was rushed to hospital and received treatment for the wounds inflicted by the vicious toothed rat on his face, hands and legs, but it’s doubtful, considering the severity of his attack, he’ll ever recover from a life-long phobia of rats.
And perhaps he’d be wise not to. After all, rats were responsible for causing the Black Death, a pandemic which wiped out around half of the European population between 1347 and 1352.
And just when you think it’s safe to take a moonlight stroll through an inner-city alley again, along comes the super-rat, a species which given the right conditions could conquer mankind.
The super-rat is like the rat but with an extra layer of supreme viciousness and cunning. They’re much bigger than your average rat, resistant to poison, and hard to kill. What’s more, unlike the bogeyman, who is safely locked way in our nightmares, rats are never that far away from us. Usually by only a matter of inches. They’re the unseen enemy who thrive in the shadows and upon all that mouthwatering waste we produce.
Despite creating vast industries dedicated to killing rats, it hasn’t worked, we have just made them stronger, and that is one enemy you do not want to trifle with. Especially if they ever get to thinking, “Hang on a minute we could run this joint! There’s a lot more of us than them.”
Some people call fear of rats a phobia, but you’re better of calling it a rational awareness. Now where’s the Pied Piper when you need him?
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