Man uses toilet - and is bitten on bottom by rat

The man was using the toilet at the time he was bitten Credit: PA

Flooding in some parts of Ireland has caused more than just the usual array of problems.

For one elderly homeowner in Ireland's County Cork, it meant being bitten on the bottom by a rat whilst using the toilet.

Now Cork County Council are considering flushing rat poison through the sewage system to solve the problem, according to Cork's Evening Echo.

Councillor Noel Collins said: "The flooding resulted in another problem for residents, that of rat infestation, which really upset many families, mentally and physically, and indeed, one elderly gentleman suffered a rat bite to his posterior while using his toilet, and had to receive immediate medical attention".

It is believed that a broken sewer pipe nearby allowed the rat to enter the system.

The council warned that flushing rat poison through the public system could lead to contamination of other water sources, but said that Irish Water are responsible for vermin control within the system.

Cllr Collins added: “I would advise homeowners to keep their toilet seats down when not in use, and to watch their posteriors".