It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare: rats in the toilet. People who live in cities are most susceptible to this horrifying reality. And sure, this underwater passage leaves no room for error — but you better believe it’s totally possible for these sneaky little rodents to wind up in your toilet bowl. Yikes!
We typically think of rats as land animals, but they’re actually expert swimmers. In the video below courtesy of National Geographic, you’re about to see how quickly a rat can go from the city streets to your bathroom. By cutting a toilet in half and filming the results, viewers are treated to a live demonstration of a “toilet rat” on its harrowing journey through the pipes. National Geographic says, “A rat’s ribs are hinged at the spine, enabling it to easily squeeze through the tightest spaces—like the pipes draining your toilet. And rats are great swimmers too; they can hold their breath for up to three minutes.” Plus, a rat’s sharp claws allow it to scale nearly any surface.
If you happen to find a rat inside your toilet, experts recommend squirting dishwasher liquid around the inside of the bowl. Please SHARE this video with your friends on Facebook (but God forbid this ever happens to you or them).