Video: Rat Terrorizes Commuters on NYC Subway

"Rat on the train! Rat on the train!"

Ah, the morning commute. Time to read, enjoy a coffee, and silently pronounce your hatred for public transportation. New Yorkers are used to crowded subway conditions, but commuters had to put up with an unexpected additional passenger when a rat got loose on a train car during the morning rush hour. One commuter captured the event on video, and while people's reactions are pretty much what you'd expect, that doesn't make them any less hilarious. "Rat on the train!" someone shouts, prompting commuters to lift their feet or stand on seats when they're not screaming like banshees.

I strikes us as an oddly specific thing to shout, like "Fire in the movie theater!" or "Komodo dragon in the daycare center!" But it does the job.

The rat runs from side to side, seeming to enjoy itself. The video, which software developer Jinais Ponnampadikkal Kader caught on his cell phone, ends when the train stops at Brooklyn's High Street station.

As New Yorkers know, this is a city that can be alienating, impersonal, and lonely. But stories like this are a beautiful reminder that it doesn't take much to bring New Yorkers together.

As of Thursday morning, Kader's video has more than one million views.

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ngbiker1

ha,ha, look at all those guys standing on the seats.

June 04 2014 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jo

Really?? Seriously..I felt sorry for the rat! Poor thing. All he was trying to do was find a way out of that train compartment; that's why he was running around. I can understand if he was attacking people, but he wasn't. On the 'people' end of it, I can also well understand not wanting to be in the path of the rat in case it climbed up your leg or something, but, gimme a break..these people acted like someone was getting stabbed. It's friggin' Nu Yawk..and a subway, no less. You're practically a "visitor" in the rat's territory, and you carry on like you can't imagine how a rodent would ever be on a Manhattan subway. Worse, the guys were screaming louder than the girls! I'd hate to see the commotion if a REAL tragedy took place! Sheesh!

April 11 2014 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

You should all be ashamed! Really, so much for being tough New Yorkers! lmao

April 10 2014 at 4:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ajax

Rats rule!

April 10 2014 at 10:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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