Man charged with eating live ratA man in the US state of Utah has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly ate a live baby rat and posted the video on Facebook, a news report said.
In the video, Andy Ray Harris from Utah, appears to put a tiny, hairless rat in his mouth, before chewing and swallowing it.
The video appears to show a small rodent lying on top of a notepad.
In fact, Harris picks up the creature, puts it in his mouth, chews and takes a drink through a straw in a giant mug.
He was charged with the offence in April after police were alerted to the footage online by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
PETA's Martin Mersereau said the organisation received complaints from horrified viewers about the video in March.
Published June 23 2011