It seems "Selfie Rat," which first showed up on the internet in November, was actually a hoax.
Gothamist, the online magazine, did an in-depth investigation into the viral video and found that it was coordinated by a Brooklyn performance artist. Eric Yearwood co-stars in the video.
He said the artist, named Zardulu, contacted him and about the video. She explained; "It's a rat video. We are going to going to a subway and pretend that a rat took a selfie on you."
Yearwood said Zardulu offered him $200 and he accepted.
He said he went to Zardulu's studio, where she had several well-trained rats that she had taught to do things using a clicker. According to Yearwood the rat in his video was "treated like a princess."
Yearwood said the video took almost 10 takes and the rat never ran off.
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