Rat seen rushing at frozen turkeys in viral video
A video showing a rat running over a frozen turkey display has generated more than five million views on TikTok since it was posted last week.
In @ dblack15’s video, the rat is seen running over the turkeys before jumping and running across the display case. A person off camera was holding a large trash can near the window.
“These are the big rats ** in Kroger tho” the video caption reads like Nardo Wick’s song “Who Want Smoke ??” plays in the background.
According to Rentokil, an organization that works on pest control and disinfection services, rodents can enter retail stores when they are looking for heat, food and water. They can take advantage of open doors or reception docks. Some manage to squeeze through small openings, like holes or cracks in the building.
“Left unchecked, a rodent infestation in your store can create big problems,” says a Rentokil article. “Rodents can transport and spread harmful pathogens that are dangerous to humans, creating health and food safety concerns in areas where they or their feces or urine contact.”
The article listed some of the consequences that can occur as a result of a rodent infestation, including contaminated food, surfaces or equipment, chewed or gnawed cables, and structural damage.
“The Department of Health has to pass,” wrote a TikTok commentator.
Another posed the idea of what the store might look like when it is closed and empty.
“I leave all the errands,” wrote one viewer. “I don’t even want to cook anymore.”
One suggested that this type of incident may be more common in stores than people realize.
Other viewers joked about the situation.
“Are they vaccinated? One of them asked.
Another commentator speculated that the rodent was vacation shopping.
“No, he works there, just inspecting the turkey to make sure it hasn’t expired… He should get a raise…” another viewer commented.
News week contacted @ dblack15 for further comment but did not get a response until press time.
“This video is disturbing and we have taken swift action to remedy the situation, including deep cleaning and disinfecting the store and partnering with a local pest control company,” a Kroger spokesperson said. News week.
It’s not the only rat that has arrived in an unexpected place.
News week reported in November a viral TikTok video that shows a rat in the toilet bowl. The video was posted to @whatisnewyorkofficial’s TikTok account, which features videos taken around New York City.
People near the toilet laughed, calling the rat “sir” and a “distinguished man”.