What Is Shower Rat? This Video Of A Rodent Bathing Like A Human Is Both Confusing & Endearing
Rats, they're just like us. At least in the shower. If you're not in the know, and you're wondering: What is the shower rat? There's a rat that showers like a human, and Twitter is obsessed. OK, I'll admit it, rats are not my jam. I have a serious rodent phobia, but the video of the shower rat melted even my rodent-hating heart. While they're usually known for spreading disease, running amok on city streets, and invading homes, it's clear that even rats like a good shower every now and then.
"Why is this rat bathing like a grown ass man who put in 14 hours at the coal mining factory?" Twitter-user @HitDaBoogiez asked. Seriously, this is the best press rats have ever gotten, and perhaps if more rats took showers people might change their opinion of them. Despite the cute factor, Tuomas Aivelo, researcher in Urban Rat biology at the University of Helsinki in Finland, told Gizmodo that the rat probably didn't intend to take a shower.
"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." Others agreed that the rat shower was most likely staged, i.e. the rat's owner soaped it up so it would have to shower. I guess whatever you need to do to get your rat to take a bath, right? And despite my aversion to rats, I really hope this little bugger wasn't harmed for the sake of Twitter oohs and ahhs.
If you don't know how to shower correctly, shower rat gives a pretty good demo.
Because, sometimes people can smell ripe AF.
And, everyone should scrub their smelly parts before a date with their BAE.
Or before they go to work with the whole world watching.
And, some people did indeed smell better this morning thanks to shower rat.
It's also possible that shower rat is the world's smallest human donning a rat costume.
Or, it's Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In which case we're all voyeurs.
Poor little rat is just trying to clean up before getting the turtle kiddies off to school.
Which is all we need to silence those science deniers.
If the opposum who broke into a liquor store and got drunk and this rat taking a shower isn't proof that we really need to escape from reality in 2018, I don't know what is.
Because, this was totally me and my roommate last night.
Don't worry, all of your friends were watching too. Even if they won't admit it.
And, it's everyone's excuse for being late to work today.
Because we stayed up all night thinking about it.
And, we're still thinking about it today. Because, Monday.
It's exactly what some people needed to get over female artists being snubbed at the Grammys.
It's really no coincidence that shower rat debuted its video during those Grammy gaffes.
If shower rat can sing, she really deserves her own Grammy. (Yes, I think shower rat is female.)
And, shower rat deserves all of our love.
Seriously, we need all of the inspiration we can get.
Tune in for the next episode of Grey's Anatomy with special guest star Shower Rat.
OK, I don't care if shower rat meant to take a shower or not, but the Daily Mail reported that Electronic DJ Jose Correa claimed to film the video in Peru after he happened on the rat. "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," Correa told the Daily Mail.
"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." While filming a video and posting it online is the opposite of protecting shower rat's privacy, a lot of people are pretty grateful the DJ caught the rat in the shower. Because, it's clearly all some people are living for today. And, honestly, same.