The video, taken by Matt Little at the First Avenue L train station in the East Village, shows a rat attempting to carry a slice of pizza in its mouth while climbing down the stairway.
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The rat eventually dropped the pizza and scurried away.
Shortly after the video was posted, #PizzaRat shot up the trending charts, with many commentators bucking the usual trend of people being grossed out by the rodents.
I dont wanna live in a city where a rat cant drag a hard-earned slice of pizza down a subway staircase without being tormented by the media— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) September 21, 2015
Pizza Rat? Nuh, thats Master Spinter getting dinner for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. https://t.co/IWKMELBvfq— (@3lone) September 21, 2015
Wasn't trying to make a statement, humans. Just trying to get some damn pizza down some subway stairs.— NYCPizzaRat (@NYCPizzaRat) September 21, 2015