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This photo I found today in the web, remembered me sad thoughts about these animals.
My husband hates mouses and rats. They are dangerous, says he, and then they destroy everything they find near their teeth. In fact, if you go in our henhouse and see what they do there, you can understand him. Even the cement floor is full of holes. They have a town under the henhouse and walk around it day and night without fear. They are great as a hand.
On the sea-front of Salerno there is not place for rats, but if you are attentive, you'll see them. They live on the trees and palms. They walk on the branches of the trees and ... use leaves of palms to pass from one tree to the other. Well, they become real tree-rats. The same rats that live under our henhouse.
Our rats walk on the branches of the fig-tree that grows near the henhouse too, but this tree hasn't a trunk. It has only branches. Or these are trunks similar to branches, I don't know the right name. What is important, it's easy to rise. But the trees on the sea-front of Salerno are normal trees with trunks. How those animals can rise them -about 2 meters- I don't understand. I've seen only how they walk from one tree to other using branches and palm-leaves.
Now, what I wanted to tell about our rats.
My husband bought a trap for them. He didn't want to use poisons,because other animals could eat it. The trap was so that the rat enters inside and the door closes behind him. In this way he cought them every day for all summer. Sometimes he was at work in the morning and I had to hide the trap with the rat because Imir could destroy everything to have the rat for him.
I was against this practice, but from other side it was pratically impossible to live that summer. They not only destroyed everything, they ate hens too. So we left 2-3 two months chicken every night.
So I could to see the behaviour of these rats in the trap. Normally they run here and there to find the way to go away, threw themself on the walls of the trap. They were as lost the head from the fear.
But one day there was a very different animal in the trap. He set in the center of the box with the "hands" like a hard thinking person. Then he went in one place and tryed to open the trap. Nothing. Thought again and tryed in other place, and so on. His behaviour was perfectly the same as that of a human being in similar situation.
It was very hard experience for me.
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