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Rat, man! Subway rat attack caught on video

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The brazen critter locked eyes with the cameraman and pounced. (Source: Josiah Ryan/YouTube/WPIX/CNN) The brazen critter locked eyes with the cameraman and pounced. (Source: Josiah Ryan/YouTube/WPIX/CNN)

NEW YORK, NY (WPIX/CNN) - A man with a video camera had a close encounter of the rodent kind Monday on a subway platform.

At first, it looked like a typical run-of-the-mill rat sighting, but then the brazen critter locked eyes with the cameraman and pounced.

"I admit, it wasn't my finest moment," Josiah Ryan, the cameraman, said.

He said he is still traumatized by the nasty encounter that happened at the 42nd Street subway station at Bryant Park.

Ryan, a journalist, regularly carries around a camera, but capturing an actual rat attack was the last thing on his mind.

"I am a football field away, minding my own business, and this rat just comes straight at me with no provocation. I mean, maybe he didn't want to be recorded. I don't know how smart they are," he said.

Fortunately, the rodent didn't cause any damage as Ryan bolted off the platform. However, it made the New York transplant think twice about riding the rails.

"This incident is going to haunt me for a little while now, and I'm going to be more likely to grab a Citibike and head downtown instead of taking the subway," he said.

For its part, the MTA says it's still working on its rat problem that some would call an epidemic. It recently entered its second phase of a field study where it's using nontoxic bait that permanently sterilizes female rats.

Despite the latest rat attack video and others gaining fame on YouTube, the MTA said the rat bait study seems to be working as they saw a decrease in the rat population at study sites.

The best advice for subway riders - have some patience as downsizing these rodents will take some time, and if you see one, run.

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