The Beast of the Bronx: Three-foot rat 'found in New York City shoe shop'• www.dailymail.co.uk
It may be the size of a small dog, but this is not the sort of creature many of us would fancy petting.
What appears to be a giant rat was allegedly found dead in a Foot Locker shoe shop in the Bronx, New York.
Scooped on a shovel in the Fordham store's stockroom, the massive brown and white rodent measures around three feet.
The picture was uploaded to Twitter by user @thegoodfella_, who believes it was snapped by a friend last autumn.
Experts think the rodent is a Gambian pouched rat, a fairly common pet that can grow to up to three feet.
It is not the first time the giant breed has been spotted in New York City.