A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


Inside the trap is a huge rat.  He was nearly as big as the trap.  I don't know how the door was able to shut on him.  And wouldn't you know, this is the one time I didn't take my phone with me when I rode off down to the relocation site on my bicycle.  I dumped him out and was faced with Ratzilla.  The darn thing just sat there at my feet, not running off.  It would have been a great picture.  The score now stands at 25 mice, 17 chipmunks and two rats, one being Ratzilla.  There hasn't been a mouse in ten days so maybe that's the end of them.  Now it's just rats.

Well the next night I caught another.  This time I had my phone with me on the relocation ride.  Ratzilla was half again bigger than this one.  And like Ratzilla this one just hung around the bicycle and me not running off.  That is my bicycle tire on the left edge of the photo.

A friend asked me what does Beans think about them.  I was tempted to let the next one out at camp so Beans could play with it.  A couple years ago she got into a tussle with a rat in Minnesota or somewheres in that area.  I think the rat nipped her on the face.  I dont want to chance her getting bit so I am not going to let her play with the rats.


Shammickite said...

Ewww Rats can carry all sorts of nasty diseases so better to keep Beans away from any rats that are unfortunate enough to be caught in your trap. That is definitely a biggun! Does he only have 4 fingers in the front? Or is there a sort of thumb at the back that I can't see?

John W. Wall said...

Cute! Looks like our dusky-footed wood rats.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

I just released rat #5 this morning. It’s the strangest thing. Not one rat from June 1 until Aug. 9 when the first one showed up. It was all mice before. Now there hasn’t been a single mouse since the rats appeared on the scene.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Noting like the rats I killed in our garden, it looks really cute