A woman in Wichita, Kansas, was shocked when a brand new box of Milk-Bone dog treats came up missing. All 140 plus dog bones mysteriously vanished during the middle of the night. Where did they go? Who took them and why? These were just a few of the questions Claudia Kucharek had when she woke up to the curious situation.
Kucharek told WAFB that she had just purchased a brand new box of Milk-Bone treats on Saturday. However, when she went to reward her pup the next day, they were all gone. Claudia says she had no idea what happened to the dog treats and began to wonder if someone was playing a trick on her.
“I thought, ‘OK, who’s playing a joke on me? What else is going on?’ I went outside, inside looking for trails tracks or anything that would lead me to the Milk-Bones.”
KWCH reports that the mystery was solved when Claudia and her husband were outside in their garage on Sunday. Claudia says the couple was in the garage when they heard a suspicious noise. The noise was coming from under the hood of her vehicle. When they opened the hood of the car, they were in for a shock. There, lying around the engine, were all 140 Milk-Bone dog treats and a large pack rat.
The couple had found their Milk-Bone thief and it wasn’t at all who they had expected. One thing is for certain — that was one busy pack-rat. Pack rats are only able to carry one item at a time when “packing” things. Therefore, this means the rat made over 140 trips to secure the Milk-Bones in the vehicle’s engine! I think the rat deserves at least one treat for his efforts.
Birding the Brooke And Beyond gives some good advice to people like Claudia who may be wondering how to avoid a pack rat problem in the future.
“Rats are nocturnal feeders and hide out during the day. They like dark hideaways, clutter and cactus and hate sunshine. Think Dracula. To stay off their ‘A’ list, keep your property open and light and your attics screened. Clear stacks of boxes, debris and junk. Eliminate accessible hideaways. Clear seed pods and leaves. Don’t leave pillows and cushions outside. Don’t put a loose cover over your grill. And don’t even think about using poisoned rat bait. By necessity, rat poison is rat food, and if bird food attracts birds, guess what rat food attracts. There are many reasons not to use poison, but this is reason enough. Poisoned bait will bring many more rats to your house than it will kill.”
This isn’t the first time a person has been surprised by a creature of nature. One Scottish backpacker got a horrifying surprise after she returned from a trip to south-east Asia. The backpacker was getting strange nose bleeds that she attributed to a minor motorcycle accident she had abroad. However, when she returned to Scotland she learned the frightening truth behind the nose bleeds. A leech had setup camp inside her nostril and was causing the issues.
How would you handle a pack rat problem in your home? Does the rat deserve a Milk-Bone for his efforts?