A few weeks ago, I shared a couple photos of the tunnels that had been appearing in my duck pen.
A few days ago, I drained the stinky duck pond, and when I went to refill it, I decided to flood the tunnel. But you know what? That tunnel tool so much water! I couldn’t get it full the the top. There’s some volume in that bad boy. Getting discouraged, I decided to at least make it an unattractive place to tunnel by locating some stinky dog poop and burying it several inches down from the entrance to the tunnel. So I grabbed a shovel and went on the hunt. Several seconds later, a large rodent sprinted from the corner of the yard near the duck pen towards our deck. Boris, of mouse-hunting fame caught that M F-er before it made it under the deck. A few pointed bites and it stopped moving. A firm “LEAVE IT.” and he backed off to let me snap the neck with my shovel and pick it up for disposal. I was so proud of him. Once I got it out of the yard, I set it down for further inspection. It appears to be a mother rat, as it had swollen udders (I assume I drowned the offspring in my tunnel flooding). And that sucker was big. Think of all the free duck food it’s been eating! I was so proud of Boris that I took a photo and texted it to Craig. His response? “WTF”
Anyway, Boris got extra treats and an invitation onto the bed that night. You know, after I cleaned the blood off his lip.