You Dirty Rat

The rat ran and he chased.  He had constructed the better mousetrap which should also have worked for catching rats, but this little bugger has eluded capture so far.  He was eating dinner when he saw this troublesome rat, which seemed to be so much smarter than his other colleagues that had already met their doom.  He knew that this rat could run and it was also very good at hiding, but he swore that one day he was going to get the rodent.  He figured that the rat could be suffering from neophobia, a behavior disorder that caused it to resist anything that was new to it.  Animals with this condition will only ingest small quantities of new foodstuffs.  If no illness results from consumption of the new food, and assuming that the food is reasonably palatable, animals will increase their intake on subsequent exposures.

He thought that it might be a good idea to feed the rat and get the rat to trust him, but this idea also seemed crazy to him.  He knew that some rats could be very affectionate, because basically they are social creatures.  Rats love to hang out and they will chill out on the couch, or even on some peoples’ shoulders or in their laps.  They will even try to groom their human companions, as if these people were other rats, or members of their own rat pack.  He wondered if it would be possible for him to make the rat show him some love.  Once the rat let its guard down, he would have him, that is if he could prevent himself from falling in love with the rat.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

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