By Raisa Bruner
December 19, 2016

One thing must be said for the rodent citizens of New York: their spirit, like that of their human counterparts, is truly indomitable. Today’s example comes thanks to busy transport hub Penn Station, a crowded escalator, and one paragon of rat persistence: a creature whose intent to go down an up escalator cannot be stopped by either the tide of human traffic or the reality of the machine s/he seems so determined to defy.

In video captured by YouTuber Samstagram of the Monday morning commute—or “rat race,” as it were—the sizable animal makes its way down 13 moving steps as people step nimbly around it. In an apt metaphor for all Monday mornings, for the Sisyphean nature of life, or perhaps for the never-ending fight against the system, the rat’s valiant efforts do not actually move it toward its destination. (Its current status is unknown.)

Like Pizza Rat before it, this rodent at least deserves recognition for making the attempt to live in a world overrun by humans. It turns out that the struggle is real for all of us, no matter with which species we identify.

Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa.bruner@time.com.

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