This article is no revelation for the denizens of Rancho Roly Poly. Been there, seen that.
When we got back from a long trip to Israel a few years ago, we found a rat in the master-bedroom toilet. It had severely scratched the lid trying to get out. It failed and died. Why it didn’t just swim back into the sewer we never knew. We flushed its corpse and back it went. Which is an excellent reason for remembering to always close the toilet lid, in case your mother didn’t teach you to do that.
It had never happened to us before and hasn’t since. Nothing surprises us now.