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Somerset angler's catch contains a surprise

Mr Mitchell with the 8lbs pike he caught near Glastonbury. Photo: Adam Mitchell

A Somerset fisherman was left reeling when one of his catches contained a surprise.

Adam Mitchell from Street landed a pike in the River Brue near Glastonbury on Sunday.

He then realised the pike had made a catch of its own and contained a rat.

The 43-year-old says his friend noticed the the rat's tail protruding from the pike's throat.

"I then carefully took my forceps and gave it a gentle pull and saw the foot of a rat."

Mr Mitchell noticed the the rat's tail protruding from the pike's throat. Credit: Adam Mitchell

Mr Mitchell says he was shocked by the discovery.

"The fish was 8lb in weight so quite small for a pike. It hadn't even finished swallowing its last meal when it took my lure.

"Although I've heard about pike taking birds and rodents, in 30 years of fishing I've never seen it."

Mr Mitchell says there was a happy ending to the bizarre experience.

"The pike was carefully and safely returned to the water."