NYC rat shares doughnut


November 6, 2023

Screenshot: @smallredcar on TikTok

Screenshot: @smallredcar on TikTok

Chivalry isn’t dead (well, among rats).

In an Oct. 25 TikTok posted by Carly Hittner (@smallredcar), a rat is seen dragging a large, glazed doughnut through a Manhattan subway station. As it scurries its way through the tracks, a second rat comes out and the two share the tasty treat.

In the caption of the TikTok she said, “donut rat treats his woman better than half you other rats in this city,”

The caption on the clip also reads: “some of the men in this city need lessons in chivalry.”

At press time, the video has over 2.7 million videos. It is reminiscent of the 2015 viral video of a rat carrying a large pizza slice down stairs.

Just like there was support for the pizza rat, doughnut rat is being praised and applauded for sharing its snack.

Hittner told that she took the video on Sunday, Oct. 22, when she and her boyfriend were headed home after a dinner date night.

“We see this rat trying to carry this thing that’s bigger than its whole body and you’re thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s like pizza rat!’” she says. “And then as we kept watching it — that initially caught our interest — and then it turns into this love story that was kind of funny and intriguing to see unfold.”

Check out the TikTok:

@smallredcar donut rat treats his woman better than half you other rats in this city #donutrat #rat #nyc #chivalry #gifts #ratczar #subway ♬ Good Morning New York – Alex Cissé

She thought seeing the rat provide for its friend was silly, but was inspired to write the caption after a conversation with her friends about dating in the city.

“I was listening to my friends talking about dating, relationships and their kind of grievances with dating in the city. And it was like, ‘Oh, well, if a rat can do it. It’s simple. It shouldn’t be this hard,’” Hittner told “And I guess those thoughts kind of tied in together and I was like, ‘Oh, it’ll caption it this. This feels accurate.’ It’s so funny.”


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Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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