31/03/2014 08:40 BST | Updated 01/04/2014 06:59 BST

Monster Rat In London Survives Trap, Is Beaten To Death With Firewood (PICTURE)

Last week we brought you the horrific news of a giant, 16-inch rat which chewed through a concrete wall and “terrorised” a family in Stockholm.

Now we bring you the unsettling revelation of a similarly-sized beast on these very shores.

Adrian Whitaker came face-to-face with the rodent in his Highgate kitchen after hearing the “snap” of a mousetrap underneath his dishwasher.

Adrian Whitaker proudly displays his catch

He told the Ham and High: “My wife was beside me and I said: ‘I don’t think you want to see this.’ I think my caveman instincts kicked in and I thought ‘I’ve got to get this out’.”

The rat was left dazed by the mousetrap, enabling Whitaker to remove it from the house.

He added: “I picked it up with a bag and frogmarched it out of the front door with my wife screaming behind me.


“I then took some firewood to it and it took a few hits to kill it. It’s the first time I’ve killed anything so I felt a bit of guilt after.”

While there is no official word on the size of Whitaker’s rat, the image shows the animal’s body alone measures the length of the 6ft 3 software developer's forearm.

As with this animal, the Swedish ratzilla was also snared by a mousetrap and clung onto life before noisily dying beneath a kitchen cabinet.

“It was a monster, the worst thing I have ever seen,” Signe Bengtsson-Korsas told The Sun.

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