Tails, see what I did there? This is a story about rats.
Me and the 'neighbours' decided to grow some veg and flowers in growbags while here in lockdown. We knew there were rats in the lay by, didn't want to kill them, but how to stop them from nibbling our plants?
Decided we would feed them in a designated place so they would learn that food was forthcoming and leave our plants alone.
I've been giving them left overs and value muesli. I call them when I put food down and now they know my voice. If I'm quiet and still I can watch them. So cute with their little whiskery noses and bright beady eyes. (Yes, I know, rats have diseases - well, so do people, and people also have a wide range of other undesirable behaviours).
Back to the tail... They have personalities, some bomb straight into the pile of muesli, some take a piece and retreat to eat it, the two smallest sit quietly at the edge of the pile and take one piece at a time and eat it. They all cooperate, they don't fight over the food, they squeeze up to let others get in.
They are incredibly strong, I put a banana out and a tiny rat came down and dragged it away, the banana was much bigger than the rat.
I will miss them when I go, but they will be okay, the lorry and coach drivers who usually use this lay-by chuck loads of food out.