Giant rat found trapped in Glasgow garden bird feeder as homeowner left horrified

A Scots homeowner was left horrified after witnessing a gigantic rat trapped in a bird feeder, struggling to escape in her garden. The gruesome scene was captured on video by the Pollok resident, who was appalled to see the rodent while looking out from her kitchen window.

Initially mistaking the creature for a squirrel or perhaps a kitten, the woman's shock was palpable upon realising it was, in fact, an enormous rat.

The footage, which was shared with Glasgow Live, shows the desperate rat fighting for its life as it frantically tries to wriggle free from the bird feeder.

Despite several attempts to break loose, the rat remained trapped until the homeowner intervened, lowering the feeder to the ground.

Recounting the experience to Glasgow Live, the resident said: "I was washing my dishes, as I usually do while watching the birds outside. I saw something in the heart fat ball feeder and thought it was a squirrel or a kitten or something.", reports Glasgow Live.

She continued, detailing her horror: "When I took a closer look, I saw it was a rat stuck in the bird feeder and was shocked. Since then, I have seen two to three rats just rummaging around in the back garden."

She revealed the problem is a huge issue in the neighbourhood adding: "I've spoken with neighbours who have also seen them and their cats have been bringing dead rats back to their house. They must be attracted to the bird feeder as the rat was trying to eat the fat balls and got stuck."

"I reported the spare ground beside my back garden - it's been used as a dumping tip for years and could be attracting the rats."

The incident was reported to environmental health, with officers visiting the property to "put traps and poison out".

In an appeal shared on social media, the woman added: "Please stop feeding the birds. As much is it kills me to say, because I love feeding them myself and watching them, it is 100% attracting rats."

"I've had to stop filling my bird feeders. We need to try get on top of this as a community."

Glasgow City Council has been approached for comment.

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