Nowadays, masks are a common sighting wherever we go, whether it out on the streets, supermarkets, or in public transport.
However, seems like some people have such extra time and have gone to extra lengths with their mask coverings.
Meet Buddy the Rat, a human dressed in a giant rat costume who’s been seen next to the New York commuters recently.
Dressed with a big mask, a long pink tail, and a suit, Buddy can be seen in videos boarding the subway trains and climbing to train seats.
“Oh NYC is dead? Explain this,” comedian Alison Williams wrote on Twitter.
Amazingly, the commuters don’t seem to be bothered by Buddy or whatsoever, maybe taking a quick glance before going back to their phones.
Fortunately, Buddy’s been receiving a lot of love online.
Buddy is brought to life by Jonathon Lyons, a performance artist with a long career in physical theatre, including credits with the Blue Man Group.
The character was first created 11 years ago for a video in Times Square, which gathered more than 70,000 views.
The huge rodent will soon appear in a short film this Thanksgiving from Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director behind Isn’t It Romantic and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
“Lonely rat finds love and dances the night away,” the short synopsis reads.
“Most New Yorkers are totally indifferent… I don’t have to worry about people staying six feet away from me,” Lyons told the New York Post.