It's safe to say that if you've been on social media in the last three days, you've come across this video of what appears to be a rat taking a shower. This clip, now aptly named, "Shower Rat" has gone absolutely freaking viral — from Twitter to Facebook, people can't get enough. Truthfully, we're not entirely surprised, do you guys remember Pizza Rat back in 2015? As you've already gathered, it doesn't exactly take Oscar winning content to captivate the internet nowadays and sitting atop that list is most definitely viral animal videos.
That being said, there's always more to the story that meets the eye! Maybe not so much with Pizza Rat, we mean, come on, that happens every ten minutes in New York City, but a rat showering? There's got to be some back story there. Go ahead and take a look at the clip for reference, then let's get to our pressing questions.
OK, so our first question — is that even a rat? It's pretty big and that's saying something coming from a couple of New Yorkers. Turns out, no, it's not a rat at all! #FakeNews. According to Dallas Krentzel, an evolutionary biologist who studies rodent diversity at the University of Chicago at the Field Museum, told Newsweek, "With the large head size, bipedal position, flexible forelimbs, short stiff tail, and consistent coat color...this animal fits the ID of a pacarana." A pacarana is a different type of rodent generally found in South America.
To be fair, Shower Pacarana doesn't flow off the tongue quite as nicely, but we digress. Perhaps the more distressing aspect of this video, is that experts seem to think the animal is in pain. Most rodents clean themselves using their mouths — the same way a dog or cat would. The fact this Pacarana is so frantic, could mean that the soap is actually hurting him. He's not showering, guys, he's just trying to get the damn soap off his fur.
Man, we didn't expect this article to take such a dismal turn, but, here we are feeling really sad for that poor Pacarana. Sigh, nothing viral can ever be simple anymore, can it?
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