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.Back to Archive