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Is Cornwall A Boomtown For Rats?

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6:01am 17th April 2014

A family from Penryn says they have caught a rat half a metre long - eating dog food.

They were expecting to find a mouse, when they put down traps in the shed.

Instead they discovered the giant rodent - and took a picture.

The man holding it by the tail in the picture is 6ft 1in.

Daughter-in-law Kirstie Rollaston told The West Briton: "They knew they had rats, but had no idea it was this size.

"My father-in-law couldn't believe it - he just thought 'bloody hell'. He had never seen anything like it.

"They live right by the Penryn River so I think that might have been where it came from.

"The dog was very afraid of it - she was cowering away when she say it."

She says it was a one-off - and there have been no more sightings since.

There have been a spate of sightings of so-called "super rats" across the UK.

Pest control experts think it could be partly down to the wet weather and floods, forcing them out of the sewers.

6:01am 17th April 2014

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