Does anyone happen to remember this post
I made a while ago? When Shouta-mousie did a crazy vanishing act out of the terrarium he shared with Rin and Kira? WAAAAAY back on December 9th, 2005?
Yeah, well. Apparently, Shou-chan, after disappearing from the terrarium, made himself comfy in my craptacular floor. There are enough holes in it that he would've gotten into it easily. I'm just surprised that I didn't see hide nor hair of him for so long! Heh. Tricky little bastard.
So right now he's living in my floor. There's all kinds of crap down there for him to eat (from the last person who lived here, as she was a complete and utter SLOB
), and I'm assuming he was sneaking out to get water from the cat dishes when no one was around. I can't think of any other way for him to get water down there...
Anyhoo~ Don was supposed to bring me a trap to catch him live a couple of weeks ago; I don't want to kill Shou-chan, besides which, putting out poison or typical mouse-traps is dangerous to my other critters, too. But, as usual, he never got around to bringing it. =_=;;
THUSLY. Opperation Catch Shou-chan!
is currently in effect, and basically involves a homemade box-trap, and lots of sitting perfectly still on the floor by the main entrance/exit that he uses, waiting for him to come out for food (which is in said box-trap). When he does, there is much frantic slamming closed of box-trap. ^_^; Simplistic, but it seems to work pretty well.
The problem is in that in Sena's Box-Trap Version 1.0, I hadn't thought about how I was going to get him out
of the box once I caught him. The only way to do so was to lift it up... and when I was fiddling, trying to work something out, he escaped again. >.<;; D'OH! *feels stupid* When I saw him skittering away again, I was like "shit!"
So now the New And Improved Sena's Box-Trap Version 2.0 also has a bottom to it-- basically, a piece of cardboard on the floor, with the food on it, then the box over that, so that when I catch him again, I can flip the entire thing over (using the extra piece of cardboard as a lid of sorts, then pluck him out the top.
Yup. So inventive! I bet I'm the only one ever who thought of cardboard boxes! HA HAA! XD lol.
I will admit, though, that I've been supplying Shou-chan with water ever since I discovered that it was him rattling around in the floor. ^^; He's my pet and I want him back! Besides, it's dangerous for him to sneak way out onto the floor to get water from the cat dishes, and dying of dehydration is a terrible way to go. What can I say? I'm a sucker. So there's a teeny dish of water sitting by his mouse hole (near the box-trap!), basically so that my conscience doesn't nag at me about it. >^-^;;
Despite it being a pain in the ass, I'm actually rather happy. It made me sad when Shou-chan disappeared-- he's one of the mice I kept from Ryu's litter back in the fall, so he's got a special place in my menagerie, along with Kira and Ichigo, who were also kept from Ryu and Tohru's litters, respectively. :)