This viral video shows a man probably recreating how rat-infested the New York subway is.
Rats in New York City are widespread, and residents have complained repeatedly about rodents
taking over their city.
Rats are regularly spotted on the roads and scampering in and out of subway tracks, but even seasoned New Yorkers would do a double take at the sight of this gigantic rodent.
“Buddy the Rat” – aka performance artist Jonothon Lyons – has been filmed multiple times riding the subway in New York City of late, reports the New York Post. Jonothon, who works in physical theater and puppetry, created the character of Buddy about 11 years ago. These days, he dons the costume of the rat with a huge pink tail and a face-covering mask to startle passengers on New York City trains.
One video of Buddy the rat that has gone viral online shows him boarding the subway on all fours. The video was originally uploaded to TikTok and re-posted on Twitter by comedy writer Alison Williams.
Oh NYC is dead? Explain this pic.twitter.com/XlfuB3eO2G
— Alison Williams (@therealalisonw) November 14, 2020
Since being posted on the microblogging platform, the video has been viewed over 4.4 million times. It has collected hundreds of amused comments.
Also going viral is another video of Jonothon – one that shows him recreating the famous ‘pizza rat’ video of 2015. In the hilarious clip, he drags a super-sized pizza slice up the stairs.