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January 26, 2024


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Jennifer Woodhull

Did you see that recent news item about a man who would leave his woodworking projects spread about at night, then find his tools, screws, etc. neatly replaced in a bin on his work table next morning? He set up a camera, and sure enough, it was what they called a mouse—but after reading your post, I suspect it must have been a pack rat.


This is fascinating. And delightful. That pink nest looks absolutely luxurious. Being a lifelong city girl, the closest I've ever come to this is a mouse who made a very similar nest in my garage, tucked under the water heater in a closet. Cozy!


Oh Kathy! I admire your admiration and curiosity for pack rats. I admit that when I lived in the countryside I was often in awe of them while still slightly horrified by their rat-ness. I accept all living creatures....just not in my living space. Thank you for the piece, especially the photos!

Julene Bair

I'm amazed and delighted. I love reading about and viewing packrat art!

If you haven't already seen it, check out this video of a "house proud" mouse who cleans a messy workbench every night.

Sally Hanson

I wonder about the fiberglass in the insulation getting into them🙁☝️ Wow I’ve worked around it and it gets into you😱 Very smart animals and very admirable…great story about your friend, glad you enjoy his displays and boy you really don’t want to live with them, I know from first hand experience 🤬

Pattie Logan

Delighted to read about your pack rat! They are fascinating creatures. How wonderful that you get to observe one close-up and that you are so open and accepting!

Kathy Kaiser

I wouldn't want to live with them, but so far they've stayed in the shed. I am lucky to view them up so close and see their handiwork.
I just read an article in National Geographic about New York's rats. Apparently, they protect each other and will even share food.

Kathy Kaiser

Jennifer, I did read about the mouse who cleaned up the woodworking shop. Fascinating but the question is why would a mouse (or pack rat) do that?

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