Surfing RAT survives Philippine floods by hopping onto piece of wood and riding the waters to safety

Surfing RAT survives Philippine floods by hopping onto piece of wood and riding the waters to safety

  • The drenched rodent was caught in a flood near Manila in the deadly typhoon
  • It managed to mount a piece of floating food to escape the fast-moving waters
  • An onlooking local filmed the rat as it surfed by on the 6ft-deep muddy water 
  • As of Monday, typhoon Vamco – known as Ulysses locally – has killed 63 people 

This is the moment a surfing rat survived floods in the Philippines by hopping onto a piece of wood and riding the waters to safety.  

The drenched rodent found itself caught up in the deluge after the deadly storm swamped streets in Marikina City in the Metro Manila region of the Philippines on Saturday, November 14.

However, the smart creature mounted a piece of floating wood and surfed to safety on top of the 6ft-deep muddy water.

The drenched rodent found itself caught up in the deluge after the deadly storm swamped streets in the Philippines. the smart creature mounted a piece of floating wood and surfed to safety on top of the 6ft-deep muddy water (pictured)

The drenched rodent found itself caught up in the deluge after the deadly storm swamped streets in the Philippines. the smart creature mounted a piece of floating wood and surfed to safety on top of the 6ft-deep muddy water (pictured)

Onlookers watched in astonishment as the creature rode the torrent along the street, where it is believed to have eventually clambered onto a rooftop.

‘He’s a survivor,’ said Yamzon Santos, a resident stranded in the floods.

‘He looks so cold and he’s shivering but he’s very smart.’

Speaking after, Yamzon added: ‘When we saw the floating rat, we were amazed at its survival instincts.

‘Rats can cause diseases such as leptospirosis but we didn’t hurt it because we thought it was especially gifted. Who am I to do something bad to the rat?

‘That poor little creature only wanted to survive. It made me realised that every living creature wants to be saved in a natural calamity.”

The rat was spotted by a local in Manila, who filmed the rat as it surfed by their house

Riding on top of the 6ft-high waters, the local said the rat was eventually able to climb up onto a rooftop

The rat was spotted by a local in Manila, who filmed the rat as it surfed by their house. Riding on top of the 6ft-high waters, the local said the rat was eventually able to climb up onto a rooftop and make its escape

'He's a survivor,' said local Yamzon Santos, a resident stranded in the floods. 'He looks so cold and he's shivering but he's very smart.'

‘He’s a survivor,’ said local Yamzon Santos, a resident stranded in the floods. ‘He looks so cold and he’s shivering but he’s very smart.’

The floodwater has subsided in Manila but rescue teams are still battling to reach stranded residents further north in Cagayan province, which suffered severe floods.

As of Monday, typhoon Vamco – or Ulysses as it is known locally – had killed at least 63 people in the Philippines with dozens more missing.

The storm has now moved eastwards and hit central Vietnam, where it made landfall on Sunday.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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