A MUM was woken by her toddler's bloodcurdling screams as a huge rat attacked him in the middle of the night.
Jane Hunter, 34, rushed to her 18-month-old son Rowan at around 4am after the rodent climbed into his bed and bit him as he slept.
She found Rowan's bed covered in blood along with three bites on his right hand as she chased the rat away and rushed her son to hospital.
It came just two days after the menacing rodent crawled on Jane's face in the night.
"It was horrendous," she said.
"I'd seen the rat a few times and we'd been doing our best to catch it. It was huge and not at all scared of people – when you walked near it, the rat would run at you rather than away."
The mum from Out Rawcliffe, Lancs, added: "Two nights before the attack, I woke up with it on my face! It was stood on my pillow with one foot on my forehead and I remember feeling the size of it before I jumped out of bed.
"On the night in question, Rowan woke up screaming and the bed was covered in blood. We searched for something sharp in the bed, but then realised it was from the rat we'd been seeing.
"His bed is next to ours, so I think when the rat climbed on me a couple of days before, it was trying to get to him."
Rowan was rushed to A&E on on November 16 and treated with a course of antibiotics, but Jane has been left mentally scarred by the attack.
She has since bought a cat called Buttons for protection from future rodents after struggling to sleep after the attack.
Jane said: "She sleeps in the bedroom every night and it just makes me feel a bit better."
And fortunately, the rat is no longer with them.
"After the attack, we found out the rat was living inside a couch on the landing so we have now managed to capture it.
"We found lots of poo in the couch and two dead mice that it had obviously had as a snack.
"I just couldn't believe that it had happened but after googling it, I've seen rats often go for fingers of little babies and elderly people as they can smell food on them.
"Buttons has been our savior throughout this and now I can sleep again at least. I wasn't particularly scared of rats before, but I am now!"
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