New York City has its own giant rat wandering the streets.

Jonothon Lyons, a performance artist, has recently taken the internet and social media by storm. 


Because he's walking around NYC dressed as a giant rat.


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Called "Buddy the Rat," he has become a sensation on TikTok and other forms of social media, where fans absolutely love him.

"Oh NYC is dead? Explain this," wrote Alison Williams, a comedy writer, on Twitter.


Apparently "Buddy the Rat" has made previous appearances. About 11 years ago, Lyons wandered to Times Square dressed as the rodent and posted a YouTube video, which received around 70,000 views.

Recently, Lyons returned to "Buddy the Rat" last month, when he recorded a brief video with Todd Strauss-Schulson in Washington Square Park. The video will premier on Lyons' different social media platforms on Thanksgiving, including Vimeo and YouTube.

After the attention he has been receiving, Lyons decided to take "Buddy" out in public for random appearances on subways and around New York City It's easy for him to engage in social distancing, since many people who don't know him don't get close! 

"Most New Yorkers are totally indifferent," Lyons said. He further elaborated, saying, "I don't have to worry about people staying 6 feet away from me."

When he's not performing as "Buddy the Rat," Lyons does puppetry and physical theater. He also works in the Blue Man Group.

What do you think? Creepy? Or par for the course in New York? Leave us a comment!