Blackburn’s Pied Piper Derek Blamire proudly poses with his catch.
Derek Blamire (82) and his wife Sylvia (80) from Blackburn (UK) constantly have rats in their garden. For seven years, the senior has been trying to get rid of the plague and set up a lot of traps. He has already been able to catch 50 animals. Now the Brit has apparently caught the king of rats. The animal should be exceptionally large. About 45 centimeters. “As long as a little baby,” Blamire told the Daily Mail.
When he saw the rodent in the poison trap, he called his wife. “Come out with your phone, I have something to show you.” When his wife saw the rat, she was scared to death.
After the brief shock, she then took the photo as evidence, and her husband held the dead animal up to the camera. Derek, an avid gardener, thinks the rats are attracted to the birdseed he’s handing out. Jackdaws, starlings, magpies, sparrows, robins and wrens would come into his garden. But so are the rats. And he just can’t get rid of it.
“You will come back”
Despite the many traps, the animals continued to scurry around. So to get the rat problem under control, Derek stopped feeding the birds for the time being. “I haven’t fed the birds in a week, so the rats are hungry.”
This made it easier to lure them into the traps. Because the rodents are clever and have understood that he is laying out poison bait. With the giant rat he caught the last animal for the time being. “I haven’t seen anyone for a few days,” said the Brit. Nevertheless, he does not trust the peace. ‘You will come back. They may disappear for a few weeks and then suddenly reappear.” (lrc)