Rat head

Student in China finds 'rat's head' in food (Image: YOUTUBE)

A viral video has shown the moment a repulsed Chinese student found a rat's head in his meal. The video, posted to social media, showed a student at Jiangxi Industry Polytechnic College as they discovered a fuzzy, black object in their lunch. On closer inspection, the student found the object had teeth and eyes and complained about the unpleasant discovery to the canteen staff.

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According to a report from CNN, they loudly informed canteen workers members but were quickly rebuked.

The staff quickly attempted to correct them, insisting instead that it was "duck meat”.

But the student clapped back, asking: “Isn’t this rat’s teeth?”.

The video shows them using the chopsticks to turn the rat's head, revealing its white teeth.

The footage caused public outrage in China as people sided with the student.

Grisly pictures appeared to show eyes, a nose and even ears protruding from the object's head.

The school responded to the public pressure on June 3, claiming an investigation found the "content does not match the facts", and the student later retracted their claims.

In a follow-up video, they said: “I found out it was not a rat head but a duck neck, so I would like to clarify.”


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Rat head

The video shows the rat's teeth (Image: YOUTUBE)

Chinese social media users did not accept the conclusions, however, and mocked the Jiangxi government on Weibo.

Some accused local authorities of instrumenting a "cover-up", with one post garnering 30,000 likes.

One user wrote: “In ancient times we have ‘calling a deer a horse.’ Now we have ‘calling a rat a duck’”.

With the resulting fury and continued online chatter about the incident, the government announced a local probe on June 10.


    The investigation, which concluded after a week, disputed the school's conclusion, stating staff had not looked "diligently" enough at the matter.

    Ultimately, investigators found the object was not duck meat, with animal experts confirming it was, in fact, a rat.

    In a statement, the government said it had revoked the canteen's licence, and imposed the maximum penalty allowed under food safety laws.

    Officials also promised to punish college officials and staff at the local market supervision bureau.

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