By: Shifra Unger
|Ana Vargas was attacked by a rat on a New York City train|
Ana Vargas, 40, said she was sitting in the middle of a train approaching a stop at Columbus Circle Station, about 7:50 am when the rodent came suddenly.
"I thought it was my pants moving," Vargas told the news media. ”It just crawled up my leg.” She tried to shake it out and nothing came.
But then she realized she was being attacked.
"I said, 'Oh, my God - it's an animal in my leg!'" she recalled screaming.
"It was large. I was shaking, but nothing came out. I had to pull my pants down in front of everyone on the train."
Vargas, who works as a supervisor at the Doubletree by Hilton in the center of the city, said three men tried to protect her from flashing everyone in the train, while shaking loose the furry culprit.
"I grabbed its head, because it was scratching me," she said. "I did not want it to bite me."
The train stopped and Vargas ran for help on the platform.
"I was very nervous," she said. "I was shaking, trembling everything."
The police soon arrived and called a team of emergency medical technicians to take Vargas to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was treated for scratches on the leg and thigh.
"It burns, but doctors say it's normal," she said.
The railway rat disappeared after the skirmish.
Vargas received a tetanus shot before she was released over an hour later. But after a day at work, she said she could go back to doctors to get her injuries checked out.
"It keeps burning me," she said. "I'm concerned."
Vargas said she was traumatized by the attack of the monster rats and is now nervous about traveling on the train to work every day.
"I do not know what to do," she said.