Rats eat through $25,000 of cash inside ATM

A group of rats have feasted on more than $25,000 worth of cash in an ATM.

More than one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating.  

By the time it was finished, police said more than $25,000 in bills were shredded.

A group of rats have managed to eat more than $25,000 in cash at an ATM in India. Source: Getty Images

When technicians arrived June 11 to fix the broken State Bank of India machine in the town of Tinsukia they found a dead rat inside it and Indian currency notes chewed to shreds.

The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables, police superintendent Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said Friday. The notes were in 500-rupee and 2,000-rupee denominations.

The ATM had been broken since May 20, officials said.

The ATM has been broken since May 20. Source: Getty Images

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

“We are surprised at what has happened. An investigation has been ordered,” the official, Bimal Debroy, said.