- Zay Shaeffer, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, filmed unexpected encounter at skate park
- Rodent charges toward a fully-grown male who is attempting to clean the area
- The man is sent tumbling to the ground in a panic before getting back to his feet
This is the bizarre moment a rat fought back against a cleaner who was trying to rescue it from a skate park with his broom.
Zay Shaeffer, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, filmed the unexpected encounter between his friend Joseph and the squeaking rodent.
The footage shows the rodent charging towards Joseph with remarkable success, sending him tumbling to the ground in a panic.
In the clip, Joseph can be seen wearing a green T-shirt, brown shorts and a bandana as he frantically waves a broom around.
The rat is hopping around energetically near his feet before it scuttles off toward the other side of the bowl.
Joseph chases after the rodent as it squeals, while Zay urging his friend to take it easy.
But just a few seconds later the rat makes an unexpected turn and runs directly toward Joseph before getting caught up under his feet.
The cleaner is sent flying to the ground in a panic but quickly gets back up.
He kicks the animal aside before it launches a second attack which causes him to lose his balance and stumble once again.
Zay, from behind the camera, says: 'I told you, you don't want to get in there with that thing Joseph.'
The video then cuts off but Zay and Joseph said afterwards that they eventually cleared the rat from the bowl by using an abandoned BMX as a makeshift ladder for it to climb.
Zay added: 'We were just working together one morning and picking up trash at the skatepark.
'When we ran across that rat stuck in the skate bowl.
'It chased me out first and then Joseph got in there for whatever reason.'