A rat has been nabbed by the police for guzzling down 60 bottles of illegal booze in a wild drunken spree.
The thirsty rodent was caught on camera hopping around a cage, surrounded by the empty bottles it had been sipping from. The Kotwali police in Chhindwara district, India, had to set a trap after noticing that dozens of alcohol bottles, meant to be used as court evidence, had been drained.
Despite their efforts, they only managed to capture one rat, who now takes the blame.
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Now, the police are left scratching their heads about what to present in court as evidence against the person they seized the alcohol from. The local police station and warehouse have become a haven for rats, who also target items like seized cannabis stored in sacks.
To combat this, the police have started storing cannabis in iron tin boxes and keeping files out of reach of the pesky rodents.
It follows news that rowdy raccoons with a taste for beer and a knack for breaking into homes are setting up home in Britain in increasing numbers.
The mammals – native to North America and which have a bandit-style black stripe across their eyes – were first spotted in the UK in the 1970s after being released by pet owners.
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The critters – which are masters at breaking into homes and bins, even raiding fridges for beer and snacks – were banned from being brought into the UK as pets in 2016 in a bid to stop the risk of escape or release into the wild.
Despite this, a number of raccoons have been spotted in England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The number of critters – which are often spotted drunk after fridge raids – has soared.
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