Helen Zille tweets about rat bite

2013-03-20 08:01
Helen Zille tweeted this photo of her toe after being bitten by a rat.

Helen Zille tweeted this photo of her toe after being bitten by a rat.

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Cape Town - DA leader Helen Zille took to social networking site Twitter to announce that she had been bitten by a rat, The Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

Zille tweeted her 251 000 followers at around 06:00 on Tuesday: "The weirdest thing just happened. I went to fetch the newspapers at the gate when a rat darted out, and bit me on my toe!"

This was retweeted 268 times. Her followers on Twitter were quick to chime in with jokes, advice and suggestions which included go to the doctor, improve security at her Leeuwenhof home, and post a photo.

Later Zille posted: "I have just looked up on Google. It says no one in the US has ever got rabies from a small rodent. But I will ask my doctor. tks for advice."

Soon afterwards she uploaded a photograph of her toe.

Her spokesperson Zak Mbhele tweeted: "I know the City Bowl rats are mutant freaks of nature but if they're starting to take nibbles out of people, we're in trouble..."



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