At first glance, it looks like a rat showering like a human. The rat had a profuse amount of soap lather on its body as it was caught on video scrubbing all its grime away.
The video was posted to Reddit by a person in Peru, and the internet went crazy over the human-like movement of the rodent.
The video delighted millions of internet goers, but is there more to this story than just a rat acting like a human showering?
Experts say the video is not as innocent as it seems.
Dallas Krentzel, a rodent biology expert, told Newsweek that it was more likely a pacarana, a large rodent indigenous to South America. He cited the creature’s large head, short tail, flexible limbs and upright position as the factors for his conclusion.
“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,” he said.
The short video had many charmed as the rodent seemed to mimic the human-like behavior of taking a shower, but there is a darker side to this story. Rodents just don’t act this way unless they are in distress or possibly in pain.
“A rat wouldn’t do that unless there’s something it really wants to get rid of,” according to rat researcher Tuomas Aivelo. “I think it’s soapy all over – that’s probably a problem for the rat. It just wants to get rid of the soap.”
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