After the disgusting episode some time ago when a rat was spotted in my house and it was eventually killed by our dog, I really thought our house was clear already.
However, my wife insisted that there was possibly another rat that could still be dwelling with us. Although quite skeptical, I still put out our rat trap in various places around the house for a couple of weeks but the bait didn’t seem to work…..or perhaps there just wasn’t any rat after all!
Finally, we had stopped putting out the rat trap altogether. Our kids seem to freak out more when they see the rat trap, anyway.
Then a couple of weeks back, we travelled out of town for the weekend. When we returned, we discovered that our toilet on the ground level had been littered with rat poo! Ewwww. Just the smell of the stench is enough to take away any appetite. Then, whilst we were still unpacking, my wife spotted the RAT scurrying fast behind our fridge. She insisted it was the same rat as before, only much fatter now.
So, we quickly unpacked our stuff, and took all the kids upstairs and prepared them for bed. Meanwhile, I quickly took out our rat trap again, changed the bait to Butterscotch Bread (yummy!) and placed it in the kitchen next to the fridge. I then turned off all the lights downstairs and went upstairs as well.
I think I counted no more than 5 minutes when a loud SNAP was heard! The butterscotch bread had done its job! Behold, our trapped rodent…
The twist to this tale is that at the end of the day, I didn’t have the heart to fry it in the sun, drown it, or to kill it by any other horrible means.
So I actually painstakingly took it for a drive the next evening to some jungle like area quite far from my house and LET IT GO.
Hmmmm….dunno if I’ll get any humanitarian award for this or not. Heh.
Have you ever let a rat go?