Hilarious video shows New York subway riders freaking out after a huge rat joins them on the subway
The hilarious moment a rat caught a ride on a New York subway train, causing passengers to freak out, has been caught on camera.
Boutique designer Tyler Taylor tweeted video she shot of the rodent Wednesday morning as it scurried back and forth on the floor.
'So this was my morning,' Taylor wrote in her tweet.
So far, the clip has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on Twitter alone, receiving 35,000 likes and 9,500 retweets.
The footage shows a group of subway riders screaming and laughing while sitting and raising their feet off the ground or standing on their seats as the rat runs back and forth on the floor underneath them.
'We get it y'all thought we were playing "the floor is lava"', Taylor said in another tweet.
It appears the furry mammal was searching for a way off the train.
'Oh my God! I can't with this!' one woman can be heard shouting.
Taylor eventually recorded footage of the rat exiting the train at a subway stop near Times Square.
'Update: he got off on 42nd in a hurry. Must of been late or something,' she tweeted.
This is hardly the first rat to catch people's attention on social media.
Pizza rat took the internet by storm in 2015 when video of him dragging a slice down some stairs in the Big Apple went viral.
SNY news anchor Chris Williamson's February photo of a rat lying next to a Hennessy bottle and an empty pack of Newport cigarettes made that rodent a Twitter celebrity.
Behind all the jokes and funny photos, however, is a serious problem in New York.
Increased construction and milder winters fueled by climate change caused New York's rat population and rat sightings to skyrocket 38 per cent between 2014 and 2018, according to the New York Times.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32 million rat reduction plan to combat the rodent surge in 2017.
It should be no surprise then that Taylor shot footage of another rat running on the subway tracks during her morning commute the day after her first viral tweet.
'Is it a hamster or rat?' she tweeted.
'Damn you see rats everyday huh' a Twitter user replied.