Rat 'the size of a cat' seen on Leeds street

The huge rat was spotted in Holbeck
The huge rat was spotted in Holbeck
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This is the size of an enormous rat found on a street in Leeds.

The dead rodent was spotted on Domestic Street in Holbeck by our reporter Joe Cawthorn, who estimated the animal to be around the size of a small cat.

It's estimated to be the size of a small cat

It's estimated to be the size of a small cat

Meet the Leeds rat catchers

Feeding garden birds, home compost bins and fortnightly bin collections have all been blamed for increasing the urban rat population. Modern lifestyles have provided the vermin with easy access to food that has been thrown away.

In 2011, diners at McDonald's on Briggate were left in a panic when a huge rat appeared and ran around the fast food restaurant.