A photo of man holding an unconscious pack rat has gone viral after it was posted to social media.
The photo was shared on the Facebook page of a New York City family and shows a family member with the pack rat sitting on a subway platform.
It has since been shared more than 20,000 times.
The family told CBS New York that the family’s two-year-old son was the one who got the rat and that the rat was so small it was sitting on his shoulder.
“I was just in shock,” said the family member, who asked to be identified only as Mike.
“He was a small baby.
He was holding his head up.
He had a little bit of a smile on his face.
I thought he was going to cry.”
He said he took the rat home with him after the family left New York to travel to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving.
“We never had the rats,” Mike said.
“The whole trip was so scary.
I could hear the rat squeaking.”
The family said that the train they were on was traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn and that Mike and his son were able to get the rat on the train without much difficulty.
“It was just the rats, I mean, it was a bit scary,” Mike told CBS News.
“I just hope it didn’t bite my son.”