They call me Muskrat Brent!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bgates1970, May 7, 2008.

  1. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Chirping

    Apr 8, 2008
    Somewhere, Close
    I've read several great stories on this board. I thought I'd share one of mine. It's sort of a predator story.

    A couple weekends ago I heard some rustling in my garage so I thought awesome. Fnially, I caught the little SOB that’s been eating my bushes in the front of the house. I smiled with an evil grin because I trapped him in my garage. So I grab my shotgun thinking I’d just scare it out into my yard and just blast the furry varmint. So I yell into the house to tell everyone I caught the guilty party. Meanwhile, my wife (5 mos pregnant) and kids are all, “I want to see the cute bunny”. So I proceeded to move some “junk” (which everyone accumulates in their garage when you have kids) and I noticed a little furry rabbit all curled up under my workbench. I say, “Oh! It’s just a baby bunny!” My wife gets all worried that I’m going to blast it so she says, “Let me pick him up and let him go outside!”. I go back into the house to put away my shotgun because it wouldn’t be good to blast a baby bunny in front of the kids. (Contrary to what my wife says… I do have some emotions/feelings!) As I’m going into the house I tell my wife, “Don’t pick it up without having my leather work gloves on!” She responds, “It’s just a baby bunny!” As I return to the garage my wife is saying, “I don’t think this is a bunny!”. I yell, “Put it down it’s a muskrat! It might bite you!”. Most human beings when hearing that would just drop it. No, my wife with no fear (or brains) takes it out into the yard and places it gently on the ground.

    After she let it go I proceeded to lecture her about doing stupid things. Telling her that getting bitten by that would have stung like the dickens not to mention the rabies shots and what it would do to our unborn daughter.

    Anyway, we laughed the rest of the night about her pet Muskrat. Will muskrats go after my chickies?

    ps. My chickies are now 5 weeks old and growing like weeds.
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Well, it could have been worse - could have been a cute fuzzy black and white 'kitty'.... with a killer smell in the back end, that is!

    Don't have any muskrat experience - sorry can't help you there... cute story though, and glad everyone is OK.
  3. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    Great story...but you need to make your wife memorize this phrase...

    "Discretion is the better part of valor!"

    And don't let her pick up any more baby wild least while she's pregnant!

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  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    They will not go after the chickens, but any veggies you might have around will be gone. Yup, that is the critter that hit your garden not a rabbit.
  5. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    They are definitely herbivore. But those front teeth HURT! I trapped muskrat as a kid and got in the way of those teeth a couple times. OUCH!!
  6. Darin115

    Darin115 Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    My buddy shot a squirrel on his bird feeder and picked it up to move it out of the yard. About a week later he was deathly sick. It took 3 trips to the Dr to be diaganosed with Brucellous. He caught it from the squirrel.

    I would not handle wild animals without gloves.

    I never have wore gloves while skinning deer or rabbits. I think I will start.


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