Video Shows How Sewer Rats Climb Into Your Toilet

It's never happened to me, but apparently finding rats in your toilet is a thing. And here in the City, where we arguably have the largest collection of rats outside of Proctor & Gamble's research labs, it can be a real concern. This video from National Geographic shows how they do it.

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. See how quickly a rat can go from the city streets to your bathroom.

h/t Gizmodo

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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