A ‘monster rat’ has been found in a London playground, and more could be breeding in the sewers.
Tony Smith, 46, a gas engineer, found the rat when working on a block of flats near the north London playground.
The large rodent, which reportedly weighed about 11kgs, was seen in a bush next to a popular children’s playground.
A spokesperson for pest-control experts Rentokil explained the average brown rat in the UK is just 30cm in length, but that these larger rodents could also be breeding beneath the city’s streets.
Zoologists believe the rodent could be a West African grasscutter rat, also known as a cane rat.