There on the stair......
Last night, I opened the back door to let the dog in and Lucy Cat rushed in with something in her mouth! I followed her half way up the stairs and managed to get hold of her and get her to drop her victim. A very wet, but unharmed mouse cowered in the corner while I took the hissing hunter and shut her into a bedroom.
I found an empty container and, with the help of Mr DW, we managed to herd the mouse into the pot.
That was easier said than done when the mouse climbed up the stair carpet of three steps, but we enticed him in eventually and no harm seemed to have been done.
It wasn`t easy to tell if this was a house mouse, or a very wet woodmouse.
We had no idea where the mouse had been taken from. Knowing that the cats will often visit our neighbour`s rather wild garden, Mr DW set off in the dark and let the mouse go free under their thick hedge. The mouse appeared to be an adult so hopefully it will survive. Lucy Cat was on curfew for the night and has only been out for ten minutes today, so the mouse might still be alive.
When I released her from her prison, Lucy rushed to the stairs and wowled indignantly. Her mouse had gone! She sniffed the corner where it had cowered.
She rolled and wriggled along the carpet.
She made sure that there wasn`t a hidden mousehole in the corner.
She ran up and down the stairs........
.....and then up again.
At this point, I took her into the kitchen and served supper to the cats. Lucy forgot all about her missing mouse and decided that food from a cat food tin was much easier (if not as much fun) to catch.