Friday, February 6, 2009
What the hell?
This is in our yard right now. A huge dead Norway rat. Where did it come from? Do rats just live in the wild or what? The kids say they've seen it (alive) in the wood pile, and Mitch swears there has been a rat in the garage that is immune to rat poison. Is this the same one? Or are they like roaches, you see one, and there are 100 more hidden in the walls? And what did it die from? Maisy seems to be afraid of it even when it's dead, so I don't think she killed it. Did it have a heart attack from eating all the rich delicious food my kids leave in the basement? Old age perhaps? I am teaching 6th grade science right now, so I suppose I could take it in and we could have a lesson on how to give a rat an autopsy. Tom went outside and took this picture of it and when he came in he said, "Its kind of cute in the face." I am so grossed out by the thought of any rat being anywhere near our house. I'm terrified that they will get into the septic tank and swim up the toilets and then not only will there be rats in the house, they will be covered with poop. What could be worse than being terrorized by poop-covered rats crawling up under your covers in the middle of the night? Nothing, that's what.