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A huge rat has been speared to death by a pitchfork at a sprawling New York housing project

08 26 Agosto Rata Gigante - Housing Worker Kills Giant Rat

Jose Rivera, a Housing Authority worker, was clearing a rat hole at the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn when three of these massive rats popped out.

He was only able to nab one. It appears to be almost three feet long, including the tail, is covered in white fur and looks well-fed.

Mr Rivera, 48, said: 'I hit it one time and it was still moving'.