A GIANT rat terrorised shoppers by leaping at them on a shopping centre escalator.
A skin crawling-video shows customers screaming and running in fear as the crazed rodent pounced again and again at the Philipines mall.
The rat laid in wait for victims before launching itself at them[/caption]
In one scene, a man is seen getting too close to the lunging rat and jumping off the staircase with his bags over his head.
Unphased by the busy flow of human folk, the brazen critter scurries around a step before leaping in the air as people scuttle away as fast as they can.
It even peers over the ledge as it waits for its next victim.
Two women narrowly miss the rat attack as it makes a gravity defying leap for them.
One swerves the flying pest and makes a run for it while her pal seems to try and kick it away before freezing and laughing.
ViralHog, who syndicated the video, quotes the original poster as saying: “It was an ordinary mall stroll when I heard ladies shouting, so I got close and start recording,”
The video has been shared almost 100,000 times with YouTubers finding the shrill reaction hilarious.
One wrote: “Oh hell no, I would’ve freaked out too!”
Others felt the shrieking people were overreacting, and some even sided with the rat.
One posted: “Poor rat though I mean Id be scared because of its jumping but the poor rat doesn’t know why everyone’s screaming and running away.”
While another said: “I’d be more scared the rat would be hurt! Someone help the baby!”
One Youtuber wrote: “Looks like Master Splinter is trying out some his new moves.”
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The rat was lurking on the escalator near a food court at a mall in Manilla.
Video of the incident was posted on social media Wednesday and quickly became an online sensation.
Having a fear of rats or mice is called Musophobia.