I opened the glass/crockery cupboard this weekend to put something away. There was a faint ‘ting’ as I did so. “That was odd”, I thought, “I haven’t moved a glass?” I rearranged the glassware a bit. The boy’s chocolate eggs, all ready for Easter, were sitting on the middle shelf. A tiny piece of tin foil lay on the shelving. Hmm. Why was that?
I picked up the egg box. Oh! The sneaky little thief had got into the chocolate egg from the side facing away from the door. The entire egg had been eaten without disturbing the shape of the foil wrapping! Every single little bit of chocolate was gone, save the packet of buttons wrapped in plastic that had been in the middle! It was pretty comical, even if ghastly to think of what was in my cupboard. This was getting a bit too close for comfort though. What a greedy mouse! It must be very fat to have eaten that entire, medium-sized egg (about 4″ high and 6″ around). No wonder the cat was interested in this cupboard as well.
The young boy was most annoyed to see his chocolate egg had been eaten. I was most annoyed that sneaky little creatures had decided to set up home in yet another cupboard!! I got out a mouse trap. “So. You like chocolate, huh? Your greed shall be your undoing!” I put one of the chocolate buttons on to the trap treadle, and removing all the other chocolate from the cupboard, set the trap. A few minutes later, I opened the door for something else, and noticed that the button had gone!!
I felt like we had one of those magic Harry Potter cupboards in our house!
Alright! So here we have some Very Bold and Sneaky Thieves! I decided to make the chocolate harder to remove. In my pantry, I have a delicious jar of Fix and Fogg Chocolate Peanut Butter. Single source, dark Ghanaian chocolate, blended with Australian peanuts. Super chunky style. Very nice on toast. I added a dollop of that to the treadle, and for good measure, stuck a small piece of chocolate button into the middle of the paste.
Half an hour later, “SNAP!” We opened the cupboard to find the twitching carcass of a house mouse. YES! Human, One. Mouse, None.
Here she is, given to the cat to dispose of. It is dead – the trap broke its neck, killing it instantly. Notice the glossy, chocolate-fed coat. The cat carried the mouse outside, and I hope he ate it.
I reset the trap and listened for another snap, because where there is one, there are bound to be more. A couple of hours later, not having heard anything, I curiously opened the cupboard. There was another mouse! Dead in the trap! Human, TWO. Mouse, None.
The cat very much enjoyed eating the next mouse. He tossed it around for a few minutes, and then snaffled it up right there, crunch, crunch, munch, munch, much to my horror. Blech!! Everything got eaten – even the tail! Shudder! At least this is giving him a taste for mouse, and adding some healthy fibre into his diet. It must have tasted excellent, because he hungrily sniffed around for more, hoping to find any missing scraps. Well, I hope he’ll help with the finding and catching in future!
In the meantime, the trap has been reset. I wonder how many more I’ll get!!??