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A hungry rat produced unexpected damage inside an Indian ATM

At least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM of State Bank of India in the town of Tinsukia, northeastern India.

The rodent was eating more than $US19,000 ($A25,595) in bills , which in Indian currency notes worth nearly 1.3 million rupees. The notes were in 500-rupee and 2,000-rupee denominations. When technicians arrived the rat was dead. The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables, police superintendent Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said on Friday. "We are surprised at what has happened. An investigation has been ordered," a State Bank of India official declared. SBI is India’s largest bank with more than 50,000 ATMs spread across the country.

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Most ATMs in India have a closed-circuit camera installed for enhanced security. However, an inspection of the camera footage at the ATM in Tinsukia turned up no rat entering it. Rats consume grains, fruits, melons, candy, and tomatoes, seeds, milk, eggs, nuts, snails, and when it gets right down to it, insects, leather, fur, and other rodents. They can destroy things even if  not for their nouriture. The minimum wage currently varies from Rs.4,500 to Rs.9,500 a month for unskilled workers in various states in India.

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