Published on June 13th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


Rat Causes New York Subway Rider To Drop Her Pants

There aren’t very many animals that give me the shivers but rats are a whole different story ever since I was a kid and had to literally kick a rat as it jumped at me in our country home cellar so I totally understand the fear that struck Ana Vargas when a rat started climbing up her leg as she rode the subway.

Vargas, a 40-year-old woman who works as a supervisor at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in midtown was riding the A train at 7:50 a.m. when a rodent suddenly sprang at her and started crawling up her leg inside her pants.

She tried shaking her pant leg but the rat kept climbing at which point the terrified woman had to literally drop her pants in front of everyone on the train in order to grab a hold of the rat and get it off of her. She said that three gentlemen did try to shield her from basically flashing everyone on the train as she tried to grab a hold of the rat that left scratches on her leg and thigh.

The train came to a stop and Vargas dropped the rat as she ran for help on the platform.

“I was very nervous,” she said. “I was shivering, shaking — everything.”

Cops soon arrived and called a crew of EMTs to take Vargas to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was treated for scratches to her leg and thigh.

“It was burning me, but the doctors say it’s normal,” she said.

The rail-riding rat went missing after the sneaky skirmish.

Vargas was given a Tetanus shot before she was released from the hospital more than an hour later. But after a day spent at work, she said she may go back to the doctors to get her wounds checked out.

“It keeps burning me,” she said. “I’m worried.”

Vargas said she was traumatized by the freak rat raid and is now nervous about riding the train to work every day.

via New York Daily News

image courtesy of James Keivom/New York Daily News



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