Texas Family Horrified By What It Found In Dr Pepper Bottle

A Texas family was horrified after finding a truly unsettling surprise in their Dr Pepper. If you're looking for motivation to cut down on your soda intake, read on.

John Graves, a man from Katy, Texas, said that he bought a 20-ounce bottle of the soft drink for his grandson, Kayden, who drank some of it while in his car seat, according to KPRC. Since he didn’t finish it, they put the cap back on and saved it.

This is what they found staring back at them the next morning:

That's right. A big dead rodent — the stuff of your nightmares. The animal is a "pretty good size," Graves told KPRC, adding that it is "about three inches long, with a big tail."

"I'm concerned about the health of my grandson," Graves said, adding that he wants to get the rat tested to see how it got in there, where it came from, and if Kayden is in danger.

Dr Pepper offered to take the sample into one of their labs for testing, but Graves wants to do it himself through an independent testing center.

"There is no telling what could happen to that sample," he added.

A statement from Dr Pepper-Snapple said that it was "virtually impossible" for any foreign object to pass through their safeguards during the bottling process.

"All of our containers … remain covered until the moment they are placed on our high-speed filling lines," the statement explained. "Once on the filling lines, they are inverted and rinsed out before they are filled and capped."

But Jay Neal, a food and safety expert at the University of Houston, said that it isn't completely impossible for such an unlikely event to occur.

"A mouse can fit through a hole about the size of a nickel," Neal said. "They don’t have bones, they have cartilage, and they can squeeze through it."

This isn’t even the first time someone has reported that they found a whole rodent in their drink. An Illinois man said he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew, but Pepsi disputed his claims, saying that the mouse would have dissolved into a "jelly-like substance" if it had been bottled, according to the FW.

Think about that the next time you grab a soda.