VIDEO: Buddy The Rat returns – not to the subway, but to help a New Yorker with a marriage proposal

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Buddy the Rat is back.

Only this time he isn't crawling around the city's subway stations alarming straphangers -- he's now playing a pivotal role in marriage proposals.

On Saturday afternoon at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, Buddy -- who is really artist Jonothon Lyons in a rodent costume -- helped Mike Pesca, host of the Slate podcast The Gist, propose to his girlfriend Michelle Hunter.

The park is where Pesca and Hunter had their first date.

While Hunter is seated at a bench, Pesca takes photos of Buddy scurrying around the park -- Hunter is unaware that there is a connection between her soon-to-be-fiance and Buddy.

Buddy then comes over with a box in his mouth. Pesca takes it, opens it, revealing a ring.

"Will you marry me?" he asks.

Covering her face with her hands, in total shock, Hunter says, "Oh God, yes!"