A New York City rodent dubbed "Pizza Rat" was captured on video hauling a slice of pizza down a set of subway steps, and has become the pride of the viral Internet this week.
According to the New York Post
, the video was captured by YouTube user Matt Little at the First Avenue L station in Manhattan.
"This is such an encapsulation of being a New Yorker — trying to carry too much too far, while dealing with thousands of other people all at the same time doing the same thing," he told the Post in an interview.
"My friends have taken to saying, 'Je suis Pizza Rat.' I think that’s kind of poetic."
Upon seeing the video, several media commentators took to lionizing the rodent right along with Little.
The New York Daily News called the video
"icky but inspirational," while others dubbed the rodent "Carrie Ratshaw" in tribute to the "Sex and the City" protagonist.
Buzzfeed, of course, created a quiz
to help fans determine if they, too, were Pizza Rat.
Playing the contrarian, New York magazine wrote a screed
titled "Pizza Rat Is No Hero."
"If you take 14 seconds to watch the entire video, you'll find that the rat abandons the pizza on the third-to-last stair," it wrote. "The rat is just another guy who — upon realizing the enormity of the task in which he was engaged — quit, leaving behind a potential lifetime of untold wealth, fame, and influence. Don't follow his example."
Videographer Little, however, did note in his interview that the rat returned to the slice and took two solid bites of the pizza beyond what the video shows.
"He came back up and bit into it. Then he took another bite," he said.
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