A video of a rat with soap on itself is taking social media by storm.
(GIZMODO) Why does the rat look so weird while it is “cleaning itself?” Probably because it’s not cleaning itself, at least, not in the purposely soaped itself up like a human kind of way.
“The movements are pretty strange,” Tuomas Aivelo, researcher in Urban Rat biology at the University of Helsinki in Finland told Gizmodo. “A rat wouldn’t do that unless there’s something it really wants to get rid of. I think it’s soapy all over. That’s probably a problem for the rat. It just wants to get rid of the soap.”
Maybe whatever it’s scrubbing at is uncomfortable, or even an irritant. “It’s totally possible,” said Aivelo, when I asked if the rat was in pain.
When rats groom themselves as part of regular cleaning, they scrub and lick and use their teeth. But it does not look anything like what you’re seeing here.
The video has been seen over 35 million times through various social media outlets.