NEW YORK - A man with a video camera had a close encounter with a big rodent on a New York City subway platform.
Josiah Ryan was awaiting the downtown D train late Friday night at the 42nd Street subway station at Bryant Park when a brazen city rat charged at him.
“I am a football field away, minding my own business,” Ryan told WPIX-TV. “And this rat just comes straight at me with no provocation. I mean maybe he didn’t want to be recorded. I don’t know how smart they are.”
Ryan, who is a journalist, regularly carries around a camera but capturing an actual rat attack was the last thing on his mind.
“I never had a fear of them at all, whatsoever, until now,” he said.
Fortunately, the rodent didn’t cause any damage as Ryan managed to dodge the four-legged terror. However, what it did do was make the New York transplant think twice about riding the rails.
“This incident is going to haunt me for a little while now, and I’m going to be more likely to grab a bike and head downtown instead of taking the subway.”
For its part, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it’s still working on its rat-problem that some would call an epidemic.
The agency recently entered its second phase of a field study where it’s using non-toxic bait that permanently sterilizes female rats.
Despite the latest so-called “rat attack” video and others gaining infamy on YouTube, the MTA said the rat bait study seems to be working as they see a decrease in the rat population at study sites.
The best advice for straphangers at this point – have some patience as down-sizing these rodents will take some time.
And if you see one – run.