Gasp! Rat spooks Andalusia's parliament

A rat unexpectedly took the floor in Andalusia's regional parliament on Wednesday (July 21) forcing lawmakers to gasp, shriek and leave their seats while another lawmaker was heard calling on her colleagues to remain calm.

The rodent made its entrance just as lawmakers were set to vote on whether to appoint Socialist politician Susana Diaz as senator for the southern Spanish region.

Once the stir was over lawmakers returned to their duties and Diaz's senatorial role was approved.

Witnesses told local media the rat was of a considerable size.

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