Roland Rat has not been seen about our place of residence since the evening of his incursion into the cupboard under our sink. A day or two later I saw a rat that had 'ceased to be' on the side of the road outside the neighbour's place.  It didn't look like it had been in conflict with a motor vehicle.

Last weekend I was cutting long grass in our front yard (letting it grow for wildlife is one thing but rank long grass right beside, and drooping over, the footpath is quite another, and anti-social to footpath users, especially after rain), when I discovered a squirrel that had in the immortal words of the 'Monty Python' creators.. " passed on! This [squirrel] is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX -[SQUIRREL]."

And said squirrel didn't look like it had met a violent end either.

Conclusion: someone is poisoning the wild animals in our area again.  Last year they killed a vixen that had little cubs living in a backyard three houses along.  The home owners were devastated because they had been encouraging the fox to live in their back yard - partly because they like foxes, and partly because foxes are an excellent rat deterrent. 

Some people can be so short sighted about the far reaching (and self-defeating) effects of their actions.

A butterfly flapped its wings....

(If the suspects cleared the piles of rubbish in their back yard, they might have less of a rat problem, and so too the rest of us.)


  1. Indiscriminate poisoning can affect domestic pets, too. Actions have consequences.

  2. Ooh - you’re not pointing the finger, but……

    Foxes and rabbits are given short shrift down here because of the ‘damage’ they do and are ‘discouraged’ (read that as killed one way or another) but I don’t like the idea of poison being dolled out like lollies

  3. Oh dear. There was someone locally who was poisoning the seagulls (which is illegal). Never found out who though.
    I always loved the Python dead parrot sketch.

  4. Rat poison is most likely the culprit, it is sold in all of our stores and should be illegal. it doesn't jut kill rats. anything that eats that rat dies too and its a horrible death. they thirst todeath. we lost one of our Owls to rat poison, it drowned itself in the rain barrel trying to quench its thirst. i cried for 3 day, a smalll mama screech owl, it kills the birds, the vultures, cats and all that eat dead meat. this jut breaks my heart about the vixens.. we trap our rats but only if they come in the garage because they eat wire in engines. killing one that appears inside to do damage we do and we hate doing it. but only the culprit dies. I once got into an argument with an old man in walmart who asked me to help him find rat posion. I showed him it wa down a few steps and explained why it is not a good thing to do. He just picked it up and went to pay for it but i did make it know i was not happy that he did.. and who knows what that poison does to the water supply.

  5. Hari OM
    Oh dear... RIP Roland and all others succumbed... Poison is such a horrid method of riddance, because it affects not just the consumer - but any potential consumer of them... and breaks down into the environment. Just not nice... YAM xx

  6. Any idea of the identity of the poisoner?

  7. Short sighted tunnel vision.
    Rats have shortcomings... Disease carrying, incontinence, the need to constantly nibble to stop their teeth growing into their jaws...but socially they are far better than humans..and probably more intelligent as well

  8. Rodents in the house is one thing, but poisoning them in the wild won't work because there will always be more. These people lack imagination.

  9. I do hope they stop with the poison. Other animals and birds eat the poisoned mice and rats and die as well.
    Maybe a few signs around the area explaining the dangers might make the persons responsible stop and think


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