This week “Shower Rat” became a thing, but as more information has been uncovered, it’s apparent that the viral name is a misnomer. The “rat” is still in the same family, but it is actually a pacarana, a slow-moving rodent from South America that can weigh up to 30 pounds.

To all the media who is concerned about the rat taking a shower:Many of you have asked if it is animal abuse, NO it's Not, why? Because the rat is normal taking a shower, he is not running around desperately. I need to say: Do I bother you everytime you eat rat's meat or dog's meat at some restaurants? If you are worried because a rat was filmed taking a shower, why do some of you KILL RATS everytime you find them under your sofas? why do MANY of you do NOT CARE about poverty and hunger in the world? Why don't you feed the poor on the streets? Why do some of you are racist or do not take care of the environment? IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT what I said, start thinking on my words, that's the only way we could make a better world. Thanks.Follow the DJ on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dj-jose-correa/electronic-composition_130Disclaimer: These photos are exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact info@catersnews.com or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615

Posted by Akaso? on Saturday, January 27, 2018

As the video of what appeared to be a rat bathing like a human spread, so did the backlash. Many accused DJ Jose Correa, who posted the video, of drenching the rodent in soap. However, he told UK’s Metro that he spotted the rodent when he was about to shower at a public bathroom in Huaraz, Peru.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Correa said. “It went on for about 30 seconds, and then he ran off. I think he just wanted to give himself a good clean.”

Though Dallas Krentzel, a biologist at the University of Chicago, told Newsweek that pacaranas probably still shouldn’t be covered in soap. But as Facebook user David Sobrá found, these human-like shower motions is typical.

Bueno después de la que se ha liado con el video de la rata bañándose y la cantidad de publicaciones dramatizando sobre…

Posted by David Sobrá on Tuesday, January 30, 2018