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is it a marsupial?? July 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — panthergirl @ 2:17 am
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No way – its a giant freakin' rat.

And I just nearly trod on it on my way to the garage. The reason I almost trod on it was not because I didn't see it, because I did see it, but because I didn't have my glasses on, so what I saw was – a birds nest that must have fallen out of a tree. Then I got closer and no, its a tumbleweed type thing, with a bit of wire sticking out of it. Then just as I was about to bend to inspect it – holy shit, its a giant rat. A giant sick rat.

But hang on I thought, maybe its a little marsupial. Lost. Or sick. Ok, definitely sick. Poisoned by the look of it. So I rang Daz

where are you

at the workshop, why?

theres something you need to come and have a look at


and probably kill

Because I didn't want Betty to get at it if it had been poisoned. Because it was big you know, so I figured fairly toxic. And I remember the vet saying something about cats getting sick if they ate poisoned mice.

So Daz turns up with JD for backup, and all I could picture was the scene from Me Myself and Irene where they tried to kill the cow.

So after we all agreed it wasn't a marsupial, and that even if it was, it was too far gone to help, we decided JD could put it out of its misery. And out of the yard. Anyway, we didn't want to turn up at the wildlife place only to be informed we had brought them a giant rat to save and release back into the wild. Because then we'd look like dickheads.

Its hard to tell from the photo how big he was. But you can get an idea from the thickness of his tail. And the feet – yikes look how long its toes are. Maybe its a bush rat.

Maybe thats whats been running around my ceiling for the past few months.




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23 Responses to “is it a marsupial??”

  1. Snowy Says:

    Looks like Manuel's hamster to me.

  2. cat Says:

    lolol, the siberian hamster, well it definitely ate the poisoned veal whatever it is

  3. now that is a picture I could have lived without…..

  4. cat Says:

    lol, gross isn't it – and the thought that there are things that big running about the yard, shudder – lol, mind you he wasn't doing much running when I found him

  5. PeteGraham Says:

    Holy crap that's a rather sizeable cat isn't it! Wh-wh-whoah wait a min, did you say RAT??

  6. LeendaDLL Says:

    do you have possums over there? it kind of looks like a nice (furrier) version of an opossum.

  7. cat Says:

    lol – awful isn't it – those toes crack me up – he probably eats cats for breakfast

  8. cat Says:

    We have them – but not here, I'm right in the middle of town, no bush around. But something has been running around in my walls at night scratching, hopefully this guy.

  9. Waterbaby Says:

    I'm absolutely positively emphatically unequivocally grossed out freaked and otherwise set for nightmares tonight for this story. never mind that i scrolled past the picture at lightning speed so saw it for all of .0001 second. those creatures, you know, r_ts, my most terrifying nightmare animal. give me a spider, a snake, anything but. yeesh. what a terrible thing to have around the house.

  10. Uahhh, I would have totally freaked out, stumbling over this. I don't mind spiders or snakes, but rats… let alone RATS this size. The tail, the feet, I don't know, what I find more repulsive.I hope this was your nightly troublemaker and you'll have your peace, now.A wise choice, not to let Betty take care of it! Our first dog, an elder keeshond, died from eating a poisoned rat.

  11. cat Says:

    lol, yes I remembered your phobia – just think of it as a small sweet marsupial – but poisoned.

  12. cat Says:

    yes the feet are amazing – it looks like an old wizard ratso sad about your dog – I always worried about our cats with neighbours putting out bait for mice and snails

  13. PeteGraham Says:

    Looks like it could deal cards with those paw / hand things. I'm glad you managed to 'have it taken care of' though.

  14. Waterbaby Says:

    um, the only word in that sentence i can stomach is poisoned.

  15. An Ex-Expat Says:

    Whoa, that is a big rat.

  16. cat Says:

    and hopefully it doesn't have a family growing somewhere

  17. An Ex-Expat Says:

    Hate to say this, but if there's one, there's more. Son & wife, to my great annoyance leave food out and uncovered during the night and what do we get? Not rats, but mice and with the traps I've set out, I've gotten 5 or so. None recenty so I hope the remainder have moved on and out or I've gotten them all.

  18. Jem Says:

    it looked kind of fluffy to be a rat, maybe it was a siberian hamster?
    WHat did JD do with it?

  19. Farfaraway Says:

    Egads!! Is that what Australian rats look like? They're, um, marginally cuter than our nasty city rats, who resemble evil little weasels…

  20. cat Says:

    lol – we've aldready had the siberian hamster joke
    I didn't watch – it involved a shovel

  21. cat Says:

    Well I'm just hoping I never see one running over the kitchen bench

  22. Crush-Monkey Says:

    Whoa!!!! That's big!!!

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