Jane Hunter, 34, woke up to terrifying screams coming from her 18-month-old son Rowan at 4 in the morning. When she ran to his bedroom, she found his bed covered in blood and the boy had 3 bad bites on his hand.
Also in the boy’s bed – a giant rat.
Jane scared the rat away before rushing her son to the hospital.
The family lives in a farmhouse in Out Rawcliffe, Lancashire, where Jane has seen the giant rat before. In fact, just two nights before the vicious attack, she woke up to the giant rodent in her face. She was unable to catch it.
Is the boy okay?
Jane said of the event, “It was honestly traumatic. Rowan is so young so he’s absolutely fine now whilst I’ve really struggled with it. It was horrendous. Rowan didn’t seem affected after about 20 minutes, but for days and days, I was an absolute wreck. I couldn’t sleep. I’d just sit there watching him all night.”
She continued, “I’d seen the rat a few times and we’d been doing our best to catch it. It was huge and not at all scared of people – when you walked near it, the rat would run at you rather than away. Two nights before the attack, I woke up with it on my face. It was stood on my pillow with one foot on my forehead and I remember feeling the size of it before I jumped out of bed.”
Speaking about the night of the attack, Jane said,”We searched for something sharp in the bed, but then realised it was from the rat we’d been seeing. His bed is next to ours, so I think when the rat climbed on me a couple of days before, it was trying to get to him.”
Rowan was rushed to A&E and treated with a course of antibiotics. While the boy is now fine, Jane is mentally traumatized from the incident.
After the attack, Jane bought a cat named Buttons to help protect from future rodents.
“We’ve now got Buttons who sleeps in the bedroom with Rowan as I’ve developed real issues with letting him sleep alone,” Jane said.
So where is the giant rat?
According to Jane, “After the attack, we found out the rat was living inside a couch on the landing so we have now managed to capture it. We found lots of poo in the couch and two dead mice that it had obviously had as a snack. I just couldn’t believe that it had happened but after googling it, I’ve seen rats often go for fingers of little babies and elderly people as they can smell food on them.”
“Buttons has been our savior throughout this and now I can sleep again at least. I wasn’t particularly scared of rats before, but I am now,” she added.