Aggressive rat sparks chaos at NYC dog park in wild viral video

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It’s a dog-eat-rat world out there.

A rambunctious rodent found its way into the middle of a Fido frenzy, causing chaos to erupt at the Tompkins Square Dog Run in Manhattan.

As captured in a now-viral video posted to Twitter, owners frantically tried to corral their canines, who quickly chased, surrounded and chomped at the rat.

The clip — which amassed nearly 6 million views as of Thursday afternoon — is set to the jazzy tune “They Say It’s Spring” by Blossom Dearie as the pups kicked up dust.

While many couldn’t catch the rat, one dog, later revealed as a 4-year-old Jindo mix named Zoey, locked jaws on the rodent — shaking her head before tossing the rat in the air.

Her owner, initially dubbed “gray sweatshirt guy” in the comments, quickly shut it down, pointing at Zoey as if to say, “Stay back!”

People in the Twitter thread were quick to crack jokes about the rogue rat.

“You know it’s a New York rat because it fought back. Ready to risk it all,” wrote one person.

“Can’t believe those dog owners didn’t let their dogs live out a dream,” said another.

“What are all these dogs doing in the rat park!!??” joked someone else.

“He was just filming Ratatouille Goes To New York,” quipped another.


While other users were concerned about the precious pooches’ health — assuming the rat carried diseases that could make the dogs sick — Zoey’s owner, identified only as Jonah, assured the internet that his pup was in good health. He took a photo of him and Zoey with a sign that read: “Zoey didn’t get sick!”

Rest assured, Jonah let everyone online know that Zoey was in good health.@DanielleKoire/Twitter


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