The truth behind the shower rat video is not as adorable as it initially appeared. The video led many people to ask what type of animal the shower rat actually is (a pacarana) and to wonder why it would be soaping up and showering all on its own.
The shower rat video is fake, and the fact that this wasn't a candid moment is not what is upsetting people. Rats and pacaranas alike do not enjoy taking human-like showers. The soap on the animal's skin was most likely irritating and harmful. And it was all staged so a DJ could get his 15 minutes of fame on the internet.
Jose Correa, the DJ who filmed the video (and used one of his remixes as background music, naturally) maintains the video's veracity - but hey, we thought selfie rat was real, too. Sorry to burst your bubble, everyone, but the shower rat video isn't as heart-warming and innocent as we all thought it was.
The Shower Rat Is Actually A PacaranaVideo: YouTube
Even If Shower Rat WERE A Rat, It Wouldn't Clean Itself In The ShowerVideo: YouTube
The Soap Was Likely Irritating The Rodent's Skin
The DJ Who Filmed Shower Rat Was Accused Of Animal Cruelty
The DJ Posted A Confusing Follow-Up After The Animal Abuse Allegations
The Internet Had Some Solid Gold Reactions To Shower Rat