Workers discover ‘giant rat’ during clearance of underground drainage system

A crew working to remove litter from the drainage systems in Mexico City discovered a ‘giant rat’ which had been stuck in the underground tunnels for a number of years

Workers cleaning out a city drainage system were left stunned after coming face-to-face with a ‘giant rat’ that dwarfed them in size.

As crews battled to remove 22 tons of litter from Mexico City’s sewage tunnels, they discovered the incredibly lifelike ‘creature’ with realistic fur sat in a hunched over position.

The rat turned out to be a very creative Halloween prop, which is reported to have been stored in a warehouse but ‘washed away’ during heavy storms in Mexico, leaving its owner with no idea where it had gone.

It somehow found its way into the labyrinth of drains under the city, where sat waiting to be discovered for years.

Pictures show the rat being hosed off having been returned above ground, leaving witnesses in disbelief as to how it could have squeezed into the drainage system in the first place, as reported by Border Report.

It said people had marvelled at just how much the oversized rat resembled a real rodent, claiming they would have “run away in fear” if they had seen it on the street.

A woman named Evelin López came forward to claim ownership of the prop, saying she had collected materials to create the rat for Halloween, but it had disappeared “years ago” when heavy rain washed it away.

She said when she realised it was missing, she had asked for assistance to search the drains and retrieve it, but “no one had ever come to help”.

Evelin added that she had not decided what she wanted to do with the rat now that it was safely returned, or whether she planned on keeping it.

After a few years in the sewers, it might need require a bit more than a quick hose down before it’s accepted back into its former home.