A ‘giant rat’ measuring 4ft from nose to tail has been caught and killed by a pensioner with a lump of wood on his farm. Brian Watson, 67, from Waskerley, Consett in County Durham, was made aware of the monster’s presence after his granddaughter’s boyfriend cried out while mowing the grass.
Mr Watson said: ‘I heard him shouting there was a large rat. I came running round the corner. I managed to grab some wood on the way. It wasn’t very fast. I managed to kill it there and then. I’ve never seen a rat as big in my life before.’ One reason it was quite slow is that it might have been pregnant.