Immediately, people began speculating as to what could have done this poor rat in. Was it the Knicks' 18th straight loss ? Did Stuart Little or Remy (from Ratatouille ) 's lives take dark turns? Or was it fellow rat drama down on the subway tracks?
Williamson isn't the only person to document Henny Rat's demise online. On Wednesday, Nicolas Heller, a filmmaker, posted an earlier photo of the rat on his Instagram. In his shot, the bottle of Hennessy was resting near the rat, instead of next to him — not to mention that my guy was also flanked by a pack of Newports.
"I staged the photo," he tells Gothamist. Also was his way to the train when he noticed the dead rat on the corner of Ralph and Monroe, as well as the pack of cigs and cognac. "I'm not proud of it but I did pick up the Hennessy bottle and place it next to the rat, because I knew it would be better than just having the pack of Newports that I kicked over there," he says, adding that the bottle and the cigs were "within 10 to 15 steps" of the dead rat.
Heller says that he often sees dead rats on Monroe and Ralph, and that perhaps there is a lot of rat poisoning on that particular corner. Back in December, he found one of the deceased rodents near half-eaten pizza. He kicked the pizza remnants near the rat, and snapped a photo. "I guess it could be an ongoing series," he laughs. "I'm not going to like, go out of my way to stage stuff like that but … the opportunity kind of presented itself."
Your move, Zardulu.