Rat Crawls All Over Sleeping Man on Subway

Another passenger caught the incident on video

ByABC News
March 30, 2016, 12:29 PM

— -- One man had a cuddle buddy during his early morning subway ride on Sunday, but the extra snuggles were not so welcome.

Another passenger on the same New York City subway car caught the moment, when a rat crawled up a sleeping man from his leg to his head, on video.

New Yorker Antony Lin, 31, was on a 7 train riding from the 34 St-Hudson Yards stop back to Queens around 3 a.m. on Sunday, when he said a rat joined him and fellow passengers in the subway car.

“I started filming because I’ve never seen a rat in the car before,” he told ABC News. “Just to see it was shocking.”

What happened next was even more surprising. Lin said the rat “roamed around for a bit” after a family left the car. Then the rodent scurried over to a man seated a little further down on the train car who had fallen asleep. The rat climbed all the way up to the man’s head before he woke up.

“He screamed and ran into the next car,” Lin said, adding that he probably would have done something similar if the rat crawled on him.

The rat got off at the next stop -- Times Square -- Lin said.

Lin posted the video to Instagram where some people questioned why Lin did not take action to help the man.

“It’s one of those things I don’t know how to approach,” Lin said. Because it was 3 a.m. on a quiet subway and he did not know the man, he was cautious. "You never know how people are going to react if you wake them up.”

He added that the video wasn’t meant to be seen as funny, but instead was a call to action about the need to fix the rat problem on the subways. He captioned the Instagram video, “MTA subways come equipped with cuddly rats.”