Rats have been blamed for eating banknotes worth about N17 million inside an ATM in India.
Technicians had arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam but got a shock when they opened it.
Notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (£13,300; $17,600) had been shredded – and the suspected culprits are rats.
Police said the rodents probably entered the machine through a hole for wiring, the Hindustan Times reported.
Pictures of the chewed cash at the State Bank of India branch in Tinsukia district were widely shared on Twitter.
One shows a dead rodent lying in the debris.
Rats chew up ₹12 lakhs in cash at an ATM in Tinsukia, Assam- the out-of-service ATM was left locked for a month in Tinsukia, Assam (ATM maintenance staff retrieved around ₹17 lakh in undamaged notes when they went to service the cash machine).
— Sayoni Aiyar (@sayoniaiyar) June 18, 2018
Police official Prakash Sonowal said that the machine had been out of action for about 12 days, the Hindustan Times added.
Technicians who took the unit apart found banknotes of 2,000 and 500 rupee denominations destroyed. They managed to salvage another 1.7 million rupees, officials said.
India is not the only country that has suffered attack by mischievous rats.
It could be recalled that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was literally chased away from his office for three weeks by rats.
The rats reportedly chewed whatever their teeth could grind during the raid.