Rat 'as big as a kitten' spotted in Choa Chu Kang - and it's not afraid of you
A Choa Chu Kang resident has spotted a rat as big "as a kitten" around his estate along Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 in broad daylight.
The resident, who wanted to be known only as Mr Wu, snapped a photo of the rodent and posted it on Facebook, estimating it to be longer than 20 cm in length.
According to Mr Wu, the rat did not exhibit any sign of fear of his presence.
"I was just amazed that the rat was so big," said Mr Wu.
"This guy just sat there staring at me for quite a while."
Rat Attack Programme
Rat problems are not new to Choa Chu Kang.
In July, Shin Min Daily News reported that a man was bitten on the toe by a rat while he was having his breakfast at a coffeeshop in the area while in March, a resident posted photos depicting the town's rat infestation on citizen journalism website Stomp.
The Choa Chu Kang Town Council has teamed up with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to launch a two-year Rat Attack Programme to deal with the problem.
Responding to queries from The New Paper, a spokesman said: "The Rat Attack Programme officially started on 1st November 2014. It includes a dedicated full-time team that will work to reduce the rodent population significantly in the first phase while in the subsequent phase, the team will continue to carry out extermination with the aim of achieving and maintaining significant reduction in rodent activity.
"The programme has been proven to show marked improvement in combating the rodent population. In addition, educational roadshows will be carried out to educate our residents on how we can all work together to reduce the number of potential breeding grounds for rodents as rodent infestation typically occurs in areas whereby food waste are not disposed of properly."