Thursday, February 10, 2011
Catch it or kill it?
How we treat animals says a lot about a person. Would you kill a mouse you found in the pantry? What about in the silverware drawer? So it is the year of the mice in our part of the country. Apparently they have invaded many of my neighbors and even the elementary school.
Well, my dear hubby saw one in the pantry and while I was away from home he unearthed the nest and found three smallish house mice in a box. He then trapped them and put them in the bathtub. Don't ask me why.(I was out of town remember.) The children saw the mice and fell in love. Cries of "don't kill it, Daddy." rang through the phone as he announced that he had caught the culprits. Since then there have been two more live catches and two mishaps where the mice literally got scared to death.
5 mice have been released in fields anywhere from 5 to 10 miles from my house in the last 3 weeks. What does that say about us? Too lenient or just animal lovers? We do have a dog. She is useless at catching mice.
What would you do? Kill it? Poison it? Or catch it and drive it 10 miles from your house to release it in a field somewhere?
FYI one happy mouse couple can have 100 babies in one year. And apparently mice have a natural aversion to mint. (who knew?)