The Rat Rescue
The Rat Rescue
It was the twin year, 2020. Twenty- two days after the country lockdown caused due to Covid-19.
I was preparing for my board exams (some subjects got delayed because of lockdown) and recently, our balcony got infested with rats who almost ate away the net covering our kitchen window. We live on the 4th floor of our apartment and it is amazing how these tiny creatures climb all the way up through a wire just to ridicule us by pooping wherever they please.
We tried a lot to get rid of them. We kept a trap-but escaping through it was a piece of cake for them. We kept poison (though killing it was the last thing we wanted) but to our surprise, it would eat everything else and not the poison. I guess we cannot underestimate the ‘intelligence’ of rats.
However, this time, they were out of cards to play- because my mother bought a rat sticking glue board. And in the morning, voila! A rat got caught. That’s right, it was GAME OVER!!! But it was very tiny, like a baby rat and we did not have the heart to just throw it away. So, I thought of taking it out of the glue board. But that would not be an option because it would run away and obviously, I don’t want to touch it. That’s when I came up with this amazing idea.
I got an old bucket, took the glue board (wearing lovers), and placed it upside down; so that the law of gravity would make it fall. Slowly, it was coming down even though the glue was all over it. And luckily, there was a strand of hair attached to it which acted as a rope. Thus, the rat land safely into the bucket.
When I was doing this, I felt happy because Lord Ganeshas ride is a mouse- and saving the rat would please him and in return, I would get extra help for my math exam the day after. Then I took the bucket to a yard away from the apartment, pushed the rat out of the bucket, and left the bucket along with it.
Now I don’t know what will happen to the rat, whatever happens, is its destiny. But I did my job of taking it out safely for which I feel proud even today.