Splinter, is that you?
While waiting for the manhattan-bound L train at Bedford Ave. on Thursday, I saw a rat scurry in between the tracks. After living in the city for 10 years, this is nothing new. What was surprising, however, was the tenacity with which this rat found a half-eaten pizza slice (crust in tact), dragged it out of harm's way, and began devouring it like I have many a night at 3:00 a.m.
Here it is from another angle. (HE EVEN FOLDED THE CRUST!):
Okay, it might have been pre-folded. But still.
The photo started going viral over night, with most viewers making the same joke that it was really Splinter on his way to a pizza party with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Some saw a bit of "Ratatouille" in this little guy and thought it was cute, others were predictably grossed out (hey, it's cute when other rodents do it). But this little guy is hardly offensive when compared to what other rat-related incidents were going down on other Subway lines this week:
Rat infestations are a huge problem for the city, and anyone who has ever walked passed a "moving" garbage bag or had their walk home interrupted by brazen, sidewalk-crossing rats would rather see them gone forever, but there was a certain New York charm in this moment. All I know is that when I emerged from the train on First Avenue, the first thing I did was buy a slice. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯