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March 21, 2008

"Hey, you think of something practical, and I'll ask the internet!"

I had been labouring under the illusion rats do not really swim up into the toilet. It turns out they do. Or rather, they walk most of the way and only have to swim a few inches around the U-bend. No bigee as rats tend to be accomplished swimmers.

To quote one commenter: "i wish i had not read this. oh jesus."

I'd just gone to the bathroom and fixed my hair, I came out and sat down for a moment to check my email before leaving the house. I heard a splashing, and thought it was my sister's demon cat playing in the toilet. I thought "Awww, how cute," went to look, and saw a GAWDDAMN RAT swimming in the toilet. I screamed, ran upstairs and alerted the roommates with testosterone.

It's a rented house, but it was also the last day of the long weekend, and I doubt the cottaging landlord would do anything (or be able to do anything) about a swimming rat. The roommates and I stood around for a bit wondering what to do, I said "Hey, you think of something practical, and I'll ask the internet!" So while they looked for pots and lids and tongs and tupperware, I asked metafilter what we could do (like flush. That was my favourite choice.)

This via Londonist which reported a similar rat in toilet incident. Note to self: Note to superintendent regarding the roof vents.

Related: "It was one of those five levels of realization ... How big is this snake?"

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 21, 2008 01:23 AM