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Big Rat

Observed: 30th June 2012 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in MammalsFenwickfield’s reputation in MammalsFenwickfield’s reputation in Mammals
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got a bit of a shock when I saw this on the kitchen window it only had one eye but was a big rat,I live in a rural area with stock about but have never seen rats about just loads of voles and mice. He or she had been eating some scrap's I had put out for the birds,don't mind having them.

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Oh rats!

I had a similar experience when I put some large pieces of damp bread out for birds - it disappeared very quickly. Then, while I was sitting at my computer and watching out of the window I noticed this large rat boldly running off with the food in its mouth, depositing it then returning for more, repeating the same exercise time and again! I was rather horrified that I had been actively encouraging this type of wildlife so close to the house.

Needless to say I stopped putting the bread out on the ground. We live in a semi-rural area surrounded by fields and had a rat warren under the old shed, which we have since dismantled.

mustang sally

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no more

I won't be putting any more bread out either I have been out making sure they are no morsels left as I don't wish to actively encourage it,so it's bird feeders only from now on,fingers crossed that we both do not have this hairy visitor back.