If you are scared of rats, then this story might not be your favorite. Two babies have reported to have died in South Africa due to attacks from giant rats that grow up to three-foot length and have front teeth over an inch long.

Three-year-old Lunathi Dwadwa was killed as she slept in her parent’s shack in a slum outside Cape Town this week.

Little Lunathi was sleeping on a makeshift bed on the floor of her family’s breeze block and corrugated iron home on Sunday night when she died.

Her distraught mother discovered her lifeless body and said her daughter’s eyes had been gouged out.

Bukiswa Dwadwa, 27, said: “I can’t forget how ugly my child looked after her eyes were ripped out.

“She was eaten from her eyebrows to her cheeks, her other eye was hanging by a piece of flesh.”

Her father Mncedisi Mokoena said police told him: “Nothing could have done that but rats”

Today police revealed the second baby girl died in the Soweto township when she was attacked by rats while her teenage mother was out with friends.

Police officer Bongani Mhlongo said: “We were called to the scene of the death of an infant due to a rat attack on Monday morning at around 9:00 am.

“The mother of the child was arrested on charges of culpable homicide and negligence.”Source: www.thesun.co.uk

The rats are reported to be the African Giant Pouched Rats which are nocturnal, omnivorous. They can produce up to 50 young a year.

The Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), also known as the African giant pouched rat, is a nocturnal pouched rat of the giant pouched rat genus Cricetomys. It is among the largest muroids in the world, growing up to 3 feet long including their tail which makes up half their length. It is widespread in Africa, ranging geographically from Senegal to Kenya and from Angola to Mozambique (although it is absent from much of the DR Congo, where Emin’s pouched rat is present) and in altitude from sea level to 2000 m. It is also an invasive species in Grassy Key in the Florida KeysSource: en.wikipedia.org

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