'I'm Leaving All the Groceries': Rat Seen Scurrying On Frozen Turkeys in Viral Video

A video showing a rat scampering across a display of frozen turkeys yielded more than five million views on TikTok since it was posted last week.

In @dblack15's video, the rat is seen running across the turkeys before it jumps and runs on the display case. A person off-camera was holding a large garbage can near the display case.

"It's the big a** rats in Kroger tho," the caption on the video reads as Nardo Wick's song "Who Want Smoke??" plays in the background.

According to Rentokil, an organization that works on pest control and disinfection services, rodents can get into retail stores when searching for warmth, food and water. They may take advantage of open doors or receiving docks. Some manage to squeeze through small openings, like holes or cracks in the building.

"Gone unchecked, a rodent infestation in your store can create big problems," a post with Rentokil states. "Rodents can carry and spread harmful pathogens that are dangerous to humans, creating health and food safety concerns in areas they or their droppings or urine contact."

The piece listed some of the consequences that may occur as a result of a rodent infestation, including contaminated food, surfaces or equipment, chewed or gnawed wiring and structural damage.

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A viral TikTok video shows a rat running across a display case in a grocery store. Above, a stock image of a rat. Francisco Martins/Getty Images

"Health department need to come through," a TikTok commenter wrote.

Another posed the idea of what the store might be like when it is closed and empty.

"I'm leaving all the groceries," a viewer wrote. "I don't even feel like cooking anymore."

One suggested that this type of incident may be more common in stores than people would imagine.

Other viewers poked jokes at the situation.

"Are they vaccinated?" one asked.

A different commenter supposed the rodent was doing some holiday shopping.

"Nah he works there, just inspecting the turkey to make sure they haven't expired...He should get a raise...," another viewer commented.

Newsweek reached out to @dblack15 for further comment but did not hear back by press time.

"This video is disturbing, and we have taken quick action to remediate the situation, including thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the store and partnering with a local pest company," a Kroger spokesperson told Newsweek.

This is not the only rat that turned up in an unexpected spot.

Newsweek reported in November about a viral TikTok video that shows a rat in a toilet bowl. The video was posted to @whatisnewyorkofficial's TikTok account, which features videos that were taken around New York City.

People near the toilet laughed while calling the rat "sir" and a "distinguished gentleman."