Giant–and possibly radioactive–mutant rats that grow larger than cats are taking over the city of Tehran. In response, the government deployed a team of elite, night-vision goggle-wearing rat snipers who roam the city in a desperate bid to take back the streets from their rodent foes. But they’re barely making a dent.

From this story on the Huffington Post:
_Although Tehran has had a decades-long struggle with rats, its rodent problem seems to have grown to epic proportions as of late. Giant rats that have been flushed out of their nests by melting snow are the focus of a renewed extermination effort in the Iranian capital, according to several reports. Some of the rodents reportedly weigh as much as 11 pounds. _

The International Business Times quoted Tehran city council environment adviser Ismail Kahram, who told Iranian news website that the rats “seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them.” “They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that normally take millions of years of evolution. They have jumped from 60 grams to five kilos, and cats are now smaller than them,” Kahram said, according to the outlet…

According to the story, in addition to 45 tons of rat poison, the Iranian army has deployed a team of army snipers, which has reportedly racked up a couple thousand kills so far, which of course begs two question: How big was the biggest rat you ever saw (and where), and what’s your idea of the ultimate rat gun?

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