This picture shows yet another giant rat that is among an infestation that has hit the country.
It was taken by someone called Sarah in Gravesend, Kent, who sent it to BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine.
The rat is the latest in a series of massive rats that have been discovered across the UK including one that measured 2ft and had to be captured from a family’s loft by pest controllers.
Terrified homeowner Grace Walters said they realised there may be an infestation after hearing loud scratching sounds coming from the ceiling.
She said: “This was followed by the really loud sound of wood being chewed.
Huge rat peeps from hole cut by pest controllers (Photo Credit: Irish Mirror)
“Pest control put a camera in the attic to see what was going on – and sure enough the rat was there, hiding in a corner.
“They had to cut a hole in the ceiling to reach it and when they grabbed it, none of us could believe it was the size of a cat.”
Ms Walters said it was terrifying to think such a huge rodent could be living there.
She added: “It’s quite scary a rat can grow this big and strong, especially when you have kids in the house.”
Extermination experts said it is one of the “bigger” rats they had snared.
Pest controller Marcus Giusti, who captured it, warned an invasion of monster-sized rats was possible after changes to EU law limits the use of poisons to kill them.
He said: “This is one of the biggest rats I’ve seen in my line of work and a very dangerous animal to be in a house.
Giant Rat in Kingswood (Photo Credit: Irish Mirror)
“We’ve been shocked by the number and size of rats recently.
“This could be down to household waste being dumped around estates and the climate warming.
“It hasn’t been cold enough to kill rats off this winter. There’s an endless amount of food in the sewers where they live and if they’re living longer and eating lots, they’ll be getting bigger.
“Extermination is more difficult because of the restrictions on poisons.”
Only last week, a family from Solna, Sweden discovered a rat measuring at least 16in living in their kitchen.
Flat owner Signe Bengtsson said of the rodent, dubbed Ratzilla: “It was right there in our rubbish bin, a mighty monster. I was petrified. I couldn’t believe such a big rat could exist.”