Remember that time last year a rat carried a slice of pizza down a staircase and brought the Internet immense joy because he was all of us? Or that other time a rat "took a selfie" on some idiot's cell phone? Simpler times, no doubt, because 2016 is getting dark af with its New York City rat videos.
YouTube user JB José has captured what is truly an ominous sign for the year ahead of us by documenting a rat making away with a dead friend for reasons we can only assume are cannibalism. Filmed at the Jay Street–Metrotech station in Brooklyn, the rat can be seen dragging the carcass down a flight of stairs and into the shadows—by its tail, no less. In the video's description, José writes:
A little before midnight on Jan 2, 2016 at Jay St-Metrotech, Pizza Rat emerges from the darkness to retrieve his fallen comrade. Was it trying to the "wake up" the other? Was it taking it away to eat? Will we ever know?
The nice folks over at Gothamist who evidently had the same questions we all do—namely, WHY—reached him for comment by email. "Everyone was surprised by that rat till we realized it was actually headed to the other one," he wrote. "At this point, other people were saying 'gross' or 'how sweet' and started filming. I stopped filming after it disappeared into the darkness."
Here's to a new year in savagery.