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This horrifying footage shows frantic nurses trying to clear a rat out of newborn's incubator - after it had reportedly bitten a premature baby.
Staff at the Western Regional Hospital in Belize used a broom and their hands to try and extract the rodent from its hiding place in the supposedly sterile container.
After a failed attempt, one nurse manages to pinch the rat's tail, extract it from the plastic container then club it to death with a broom handle, in footage obtained by 7 News Belize.
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Horrifying: This rat was recorded scampering around inside an incubator in a hospital in Belize
According to a report by the Irish Mirror, the animal had previously bitten a premature baby. Nurses apparently heard the child scream, took him out then tried to extract the rat.
The rat, which is damp and sluggish in the footage, was reportedly doused with chemicals before anybody started filming, in an unsuccessful attempt to kill it.
A spokesman for the hospital told local media in Belize that the rat may have got into the ward where the incubator was by crawling through air conditioning vents.
Belize's health minister sent government inspectors to the hospital, and has since demanded an inquiry into management at the Western Regional Hospital.
He told 7 News he does not feel that he is to blame.
Disposed of: Footage from the Western Regional Hospital in the country shows a nurse plucking the rodent from the incubator by its tail, then bashing it to death on the floor