Animals Video

By Nelson Groom

Lathering up and scrubbing itself down, this astonishing footage appears to show a wild rat washing itself like a human in a shower.

The bizarre video, reportedly taken in a bathroom sink in Huaraz city, Ancash, Peru, shows the rat standing up on its hind legs and washing his armpits using soapy water.

The rodent appears to be in his element, rubbings the cleanser between his hands and over his body to maintain his personal hygiene.

The clip has whipped the internet into a frenzy, racking up 37 million views in just two days and a litany of comments from across the planet.

Jose Correa / Caters News

Electronic DJ Jose Correa, who claims he filmed the video, said he was about to take a shower when he spotted the unusual sight on Saturday morning – and couldn’t believe his eyes.

Jose, 36, said: “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.

“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.”

Jose said he is astounded the video has made such a big splash online – and that he’s been fielding messages from the world over.

“I never expected it would be this popular. It’s can’t believe it.”

The squeaky-clean rodent is the latest of his kind to become a viral sensation, following in the footsteps of Pizza Rat and Selfie Rat.