Tiny rat melts hearts after taking time out for a shower
THIS is the amazing moment a tiny RAT appeared to lather up and shower like a human in a DJ's sink.
The tiny creature appears to calmly rub soap into its fur - even pausing to scrub its armpits clean.
The bizarre video - reportedly filmed in a Peruvian DJ's bathroom sink - shows the rodent perfectly balanced on its hind legs as it rubs down its coat.
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Electronic DJ Jose Correa, who claims he filmed the video in Huaraz City, Peru, said he was about to take a shower when he spotted the creature on Saturday morning.
Jose, 36, said: "He was just like a human, I've never seen anything like it.
"It went on for about 30 seconds, and then he ran off. I think he just wanted to give himself a good clean.
"I care a lot about animals so I wanted to protect his privacy."
"I would never want to hurt him. So I just filmed him and let him go."
"I never expected it would be this popular. I can't believe it"
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan laughed: "That's ridiculous, you've been duped by fake news" when co-host Susana Reid tried to argue that the video was real.
Fresh from his interview with US President Donald Trump the exasperated television host added: "That can't be real, surely? No rat can do that! That's ridiculous!"
Social media users remained sceptical, with dozens claiming that the rat was actually an incredibly lifelike robot programmed to mimic washing, or a puppet with its arms on string.
Another theory speculated that the creature was trained by legendary American performance artist Zardulu, who once claimed to have tricked a rat into taking a pizza home on the subway.
A third suggested that the rat was doused in soap before the video and is frantically trying to scrub it off before it strips away his coat's vital oils.
Another suggestion claims that the rat's strangely big feet were glued to the floor, or are covers for the hidden cable that powers it.
University of Helsinki urban biology researcher Tuomas Aivelo said: "I think it's soapy all over. That's probably a problem for the rat. It just wants to get rid of the soap."
He told Gizmodo: "A rat wouldn't do that unless there's something it really wants to get rid of.
Fordham University's Jason Munshi-South added: "My guess is that someone soaped up that rat and it is trying to groom itself, or it has been trained to act this way."