Officials of Mexico City said they found a “giant rat” after it washed up from a storm drain close to the Magdalena River on September 16th, 2020.
Esta tarde la botarga de una rata gigante, un sillón y otras 20 toneladas de basura fueron sacadas del drenaje de la alcaldía La Magdalena Contreras, se piensa que los objetos anteriores fueron la principal causa de obstrucción del sistema y saturación del Río Magdalena pic.twitter.com/nVGQlzbeqx
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Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told Mexico City News that it was the worst rain the city had experienced in the last 20 years. City workers found the rat when they were cleaning 22 tons of trash from Mexico City’s storm drain. It was four and a half feet tall when they pulled it out and stood upright on the ground. People were astonished that something this size could squeeze through the drainage system.
After an investigation, however, they realized it was nothing more than a Halloween prop. The owner of the fake rat, Evelin Lopez, said the prop was stored in a warehouse and had gotten washed away a few years ago during a bad storm. According to her, it has been making its way through the labyrinth of the underground drainage systems ever since.
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Evelin tried to look for it, but never found it. She also expressed that nobody came to help her look for it either when she asked for help. As for the Halloween prop, Evelin hasn’t said if she’s going to keep it or leave it in the city’s hands.