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NYC subway rat attacks straphanger, Josiah Ryan

WATCH: Massive NYC Subway Rat Attacks Straphanger

NEW YORK (PIX11) – For Josiah Ryan, what started out as a typical rat sighting in the New York City subway turned out to be anything but.

The SoHo man was awaiting the downtown D train late Friday night at the 42nd Street subway station at Bryant Park when a brazen city rat charged at him.

"I am a football field away, minding my own business," Ryan told PIX11 News. "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."

Ryan, who works as editor for TheBlaze.com in Midtown, regularly carries around a camera but capturing an actual rat attack was the last thing on his mind.

"I never had a fear of them at all, whatsoever, until now," he said.

Fortunately, the rodent didn't cause any damage as Ryan managed to dodge the four-legged terror. However,what it did do was make 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 gonna be more likely to grab a Citibike and head downtown instead of taking the subway."

For its part, the MTA says it's still working on its rat-problem that some would call an epidemic.

The agency recently entered its second phase of a field study where it's using non-toxic bait that permanently sterilizes female rats.

Despite the latest so-called "rat attack" video and others gaining infamy on YouTube, the MTA tells PIX11 the rat bait study seems to be working as they see a decrease in the rat population at study sites.

The best advice for straphangers at this point – have some patience as down-sizing these rodents will take some time.

And if you see one –- run.

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crowland503 August 19 2014 at 1:43 PM

Rats in New York City is nothing compared to the rats running free in the White House and chewing on the United States Constitution.

Your assignment, Students, is to build a better mouse trap to catch the White House rats.

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Deborah crowland503 August 19 2014 at 3:35 PM

Great Post LOL

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darkcloudstonite August 19 2014 at 2:17 PM

"Worse commute...ever " ? yeah, I guess that was worse than being robbed , beaten, killed, etc .....does AOL hire teenage girls to write their headlines?

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itzvern darkcloudstonite August 19 2014 at 3:41 PM

The title said he shrieked as well. What a puss

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gramargo itzvern August 19 2014 at 8:53 PM

And what would your reaction be if a rat came running at you that way and jumped on you? I think you might well have let out a yell or two.

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Linda darkcloudstonite August 19 2014 at 4:16 PM

Maybe teenage boys.

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exitscreaming August 19 2014 at 2:26 PM

I thought Sharpton was in Missouri....

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AOKDribing exitscreaming August 19 2014 at 3:31 PM

He does get around.

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skydrop007 August 19 2014 at 2:10 PM

The rats were Obama, Biden, Holder, Reid, and Pelsoi.

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road runner skydrop007 August 19 2014 at 7:30 PM

and your mama

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Dick Hardagain August 19 2014 at 1:30 PM

New York is okay, as long as you don't mind the smell of urine......and RATS.

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cclrnmas August 19 2014 at 2:09 PM

Really the issue here is the abnormal behavior of the rat, think rabies first.Any saliva from an infected animal acting crazy should be considered rabid.This disease in humans is fatal, we treated many people in the ER where I worked.

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gramargo cclrnmas August 19 2014 at 8:56 PM

Rats don't usually run straight at people and jump on them, so I'd say that's definitely abnormal. Besides the possibility of rabies, they do have fleas that can carry other diseases.

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Leslie August 19 2014 at 3:25 PM

Rats are social and really make good pets if given the chance. We stuck a stigma to a species only because they figured out how to survive in the worst conditions much like humans. They need birth control much like we do.

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AOKDribing August 19 2014 at 2:59 PM

We be talking about NYC rats, better fed than most, with attitude, and definitely more agressive ! I am suprised that New Yorkers bothered to notice.

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I love Snickers August 19 2014 at 9:04 PM

Hmmm . . . how did that thing get to the subway of NYC from the streets of Ferguson MO?????

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KCCROM August 19 2014 at 9:48 PM

Dude, you could have gotten a free meal !

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