Rats eat $19,000 in ATM in India

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A rat with expensive taste may have been responsible for damaged currency after a dead rodent was reportedly found in a pile of chewed up money inside an ATM in India.

'The bank officials came to check the ATM machine last week and found a dead rat and shredded banknotes when it was opened, ' district police superintendent Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta said.

A State Bank of India official said the cash machine was overseen by another company.

"We have started an investigation into this rare incident and will take measures to prevent a recurrence", said SBI branch manager Chandan Sharma, Reuters reported.

More than half of the 2.9 million rupees (42,685 USD) were recovered unharmed, according to the report.

What they found inside the ATM was nearly $18,000 worth of shredded Indian rupee notes and one dead rodent that had somehow eluded the machine's security camera for its next.

The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables.

Photos showing shredded currency notes of denomination INR2,000 and INR500 inside an ATM in Tinsukia have gone viral in social media.