Saturday, April 26, 2008

There Is an Art

Thisis not a magazine and an empty oatmeal container. This is a rodent removal system. This sophisticated mechanism--clamp the oatmeal container on top of the rodent, then slide the magazine underneath container and rodent--has removed 7 or 8 creatures from our bedroom already this year. The magic of this system is its flexibility. For live, relatively unhurt animals, it keeps them contained until they can be flung over the back fence into the communal "park" behind us, where they have a sporting chance of relocating before being found by a cat again. For obviously injured vermin, it allows soft-hearted people who are unable to put them out of their misery to fling them out the front door. If the fright of being suddenly airborne doesn't finish them off, the subsequent bounce on the pavement does the trick.

This is going to be a very long summer......

2 comments:

Camille said...

You know, I never thought I'd actually be happy to have a cat that actually eats his prey. He'll bring home the rodent, expect praise, try and bring it in the house... He is told "Eat the food, *then* come inside". Upon which he looks you in the eye, hunkers down and eats the rat/mouse whole, complete with crunching noises and walk happily in the door.


I use a similar mechanism glass and photo paper mechanism to remove spiders from the house though. Rather effective.

Abby said...

Are you sure you are not removing the same mouse over and over again?

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