This picture shows an enormous rat which is bigger than a CHILD.
Gas engineer Tony Smith, 46, saw the horrifying 4ft creature while working at a block of flats in the middle of London.
The giant mutant rat, which is believed to weighed upwards of 25lbs, was spotted lying dead in a bush next to a popular children’s playground.
The rodent was discovered near where children play which backed onto a railway track near Hackney Downs, north London on Thursday.
Tony snapped a picture of the rat being held by electrician friend James Green, 46, to the glee and disgust of his friends.
He said the rat is the same length as a four-year-old boy.
In the picture, Tony is holding the rat close to the camera, making it hard to gauge how big it really is, but he insists it was four foot long.
Tony said: “This is the largest rat I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
“I’ve got a cat and a Jack Russell and it was bigger than both of those put together.
“I’d say it was about four foot.
“We were going to stick it in the bin, but before we did we thought we better take a picture of people won’t believe it’s real.”
Tony explained that the estate where he was working has an infestation of rats, so there is poison left around to catch the enormous creatures.
He said: “The bins get left open nearby so these little fellas have a pretty good diet.”