Score, one engine rat

So day before yesterday I found a rat trying to build yet another nest on top of the Jeep’s engine. This rat was so sure of itself – and probably so pregnant -I even saw it rather sluggishly exit stage left.

I set a trap, tying it down as I always do*. Next morning: Something had emptied the bait cup without setting the trap off. While untying the trap I managed to trip the damned thing myself, a glancing blow on my left index finger. It hurt a lot**.

I was undeterred. If a rat successfully cleans out a trap one night, it’ll usually be emboldened to go for the same bait the next night.

It was.

* Pro-tip: Always tie the trap to something.

** Pro-tip: Don’t be as stupid as Uncle Joel.

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6 Responses to Score, one engine rat

  1. Ben says:

    I predict that you will run out of traps (and Jeeps) long before you run out of rats.

  2. Robert says:

    I wonder: Do the little vermin clamber up the tire sidewalls or hop up into the Jeep’s innards or some way we would never imagine? I have a vision of a fence shocker and a convenient boarding ramp.

    The engine block of a ’62 Chevy Impala is evidently a fine place for a recently-rehabilitated kitty to nap. The THUMP THUMP THUMP and fur flying out the grill were clues that something was amiss. Poor thing had a close shave and was rather skittish for quite a while after. At least it wasn’t rats!

  3. Malatrope says:

    Robert, those damn rats can jump 3 feet straight up in the air. They just hop aboard.

  4. Joel says:

    Rats are impressive jumpers, yeah. Also, I have TWICE had the distressing job of cleaning a very dead cat out from under the hood of an Oldsmobile before repairing the damage it did to the belt(s).

  5. Bigus Macus says:

    “Let’s go huntin’, ” says Billy Barlow
    “Hunt for a rat,” cried Billy Barlow
    “Tail bone raw!” cried Billy Barlow

  6. Robert says:

    Mal & Joel: So, the inviting boarding ramp is out. Drat.

    “Distressing” would definitely apply to removing cat components from an engine compartment. Ugh.

To the stake with the heretic!