In a bizarre incident, a rat was tied up to the back of trolley and "shamed" after it was caught stealing rice from a convenience store in China
Pictures of the ill-fated rodent were spotted on Chinese microblogging platform weibo and have since gone viral.
It was caught by the man who runs the shop in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province.
A yellow note was also hung around the animal’s neck which was written in the rat's voice: “Even if you beat me to death, I will never admit that I stole your rice."
The photos were posted by a user with the handle "jiu lian shan she zhang." The man didn't expect the pictures would draw so much attention on social media.
In the second picture, a different message was written on the note which implied the rat had changed its stance following what is assumed to be a period of physical torture
The photo reads: "I swear I'll never do it again!"
It is not known if the rat survived its ordeal.
Back in January 2016, man and woman from China filmed themselves tying up a defenseless mouse and 'interrogating it' for allegedly stealing bananas
In the bizarre video, the mouse was bound by its legs while the couple from Chengdu asked if it enjoyed eating bananas and whether it had any accomplices.