RSPCA seizes pets of Australian man who bit head off live rat
The RSPCA has seized the pets of a Brisbane man calling himself Mad Matt who posted a video of himself biting the head off a live rat.
Among the animals seized were a snake and a number of rats which Mad Matt, real name Matt Maloney, boasted he would use in future videos.
"Normal people simply don't do things like this," RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said in a statement.
"They show a complete lack of empathy and animal cruelty of this magnitude can be a precursor for even greater violence in years to come."
In the uploaded video, the 24-year-old storms into a room, gets hit by a fluorescent tube, bites the rat's head off and washes it down with three shots of vodka.
Maloney wished to create a disturbing new social-media challenge with the video and refused to apologise for his actions.
"All your comments are cracking me up and not one person out there will be able to say anything that will make me feel bad or make me regret what I did. It's mother nature and man's gotta eat!" Maloney posted on social media.
The video has been viewed more than 200,000 times.
Maloney declined to comment.