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Hunt is on for giant rat after it kills, eats 1-year-old Yemeni boy

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A one-year-old boy was killed and partly eaten by a giant rat at his house in Western Yemen, leading to a hunt for the killer rodent.

The boy was napping in a clay hut in al-Hadith district at the time of the attack. His mother stepped out for a minute, and she returned to the horrific sight of the rat gnawing on her screaming baby, Yemen Press agency reported.

She rushed the boy to a nearby medical center, but it was too late. He died in transit.

"The mother is still in a bad psychological condition after seeing the giant rat feeding on her own baby," the agency said without giving other details, Emirates 24/7 reported.

Villagers are currently hunting for the rat, setting up traps where they think it will likely feed again.

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