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Is this giant rat really 4-foot? CDRC explores.

CDRC researcher Oliver O’Brien channelled his research skills into exploring whether the image of a man holding aloft a giant rat was infact ‘giant’ after all.

Gas Engineer Tony Smith (pictured) claimed last week to have come across a large rat in Hackney, London and said at the time: “I’ve got a cat and a Jack Russell and it was bigger than both those…”.

Our researcher was not convinced; having done the maths he explained to The Guardian newspaper that in order for the rat to be 4-ft, the man in the picture would have to be 12-ft tall – which was highly unlikely.

The full article, including Oliver’s full explanation as to why this may be a case of image trickery, can be located in The Guardian.

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