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This Rat, Trapped By Subway Floodwaters, Is Being Called The New Pizza Rat

"His commute is just as fucked as ours."

Posted on September 18, 2018, at 6:03 p.m. ET

Back in the simpler days of the internet, in 2015, people championed this rat, who was recorded successfully carrying a slice of pizza in a New York City Subway station.

Now, New Yorkers apparently have a new hero. "Forget Pizza Rat," a redditor with the username JacksonCheeseburger posted to the New York City subreddit Tuesday. "I give you: Flood Rat."

JacksonCheeseburger / Via

Here's a look at that rat — huddled for safety behind a pole as the waters surround it.

Think you're having a rough commute? Flood rat is having a worse day. (With thanks to:

And here's a look at some of the other scenes from New York City's subway system on Tuesday:

Hey, @MTA, wasn’t there a state of emergency declared for the subway? Asking for a friend. #nyc


The Big Apple!

Check out #PennStation in a storm. @NYGovCuomo

JacksonCheeseburger did not immediately return BuzzFeed News' request for comment about the footage, but the user did respond to someone who asked where the rodent was located. "23rd Street downtown 6 platform at 1PM," the redditor said.

JacksonCheeseburger / Via

"His commute is just as fucked as ours," one person wrote in response to the trapped rat.

Someone else was even a bit sympathetic, writing, "I kinda feel sorry for the little bastard."

One redditor was effusively upset: "omg poor little rattie!!!!" Another concerned commenter responded, "SAVE HIM!!!"

"What a fitting way to celebrate Cuomo's re-election," another person said.

And someone naturally suggested that the rodent should run for office: "Flood Rat for governor."

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo beat Cynthia Nixon in New York’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Nixon had made fixing New York City's outdated subway system a central part of her campaign.

For a lot of people, Flood Rat had universal appeal.

We are all Flood Rat today. h/t @katehinds

"We are all Flood Rat."

We are all Flood Rat

Fix the subways!

We must hold Cuomo accountable for the broken subway system and also protect Subway Flood Rat at all costs

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority didn't immediately return BuzzFeed News' request for comment about the rat and the flooding.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.