January 27th 2013 12:53 pm
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I had the most excitement today then I have had in months! I was looking out the window when I saw something in the snow. I was looking and looking and Mommy asked what I was looking at. She came over and couldn't see anything so she said there was nothing there. Oh, how wrong she will realize she was in just a minute! Then Mommy finally say a rat type creature in our yard. I think Mommy's eyes were going to pop out of her head. The rat creature was running along the fence looking for a place to get out. Then the rat creature came up onto the steps and I was nose to nose with it and only the glass between us. Now this rat creature was dark brown, very shiny coat, had a rat face, a long tail (like a rat) and was about 4 pounds. (about half of my size) It then tried to get through the glass at me. It was banging and banging against the glass. That is when Mommy got scared. I wasn't scared! I am a ratter and I was standing up to that rat creature right nose to nose. "Get away from my house you Rat Creature!!" It then ran along the fence line again and it jumped into our window well. We could hear it banging against the window in the window well. Then it came back up the steps and started to bang against the patio door again. Bang, bang, bang, it threw all it's body weight against the patio door. Now Mommy is real scared and she phoned the emergency line of the property manager. The rat creature ran down the steps and along the other fence line. In minutes the property manager was there. Now the rat creature didn't come back. The property manager believed Mommy because he could see all the rat creature tracks in the snow. You could see where the creature banged against our patio doors and where the long tail was. The property manager went outside to check it out and could see where the rat creature got into the yard next door. He also said he could see where it escaped out of the yard and went down to the creek. Oh my dog, that was sure exciting. Mommy says she thinks the rat creature's name is Muskrat but doesn't know for sure. Do you pups have any idea what the name of my rat creature is? The part that Mommy found very scary was the way it was trying to break into the house. Most wild animals would be too scared to be beating against a glass window with a dog on the other side. Mommy is worried that it may have been sick. Does that sound like rabies???? Or could this have been someone's pet that got away??? Mommy is still shaking!
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Wow! That is Excitin!
Did you google what a muskrat looks like? Sounds like that was what was tryin to invade Your place!
Maybe you should have your Mommy contact your local animal control to report that he wasn't actin normal. We found this about rabies on eHow.com
There are three stages in rabies infections; the first one includes mild behavioral changes that last an average of three days in a dog. The animal may not recognize its surroundings and may wander away. Skunks, which rarely wander freely during daytime hours, may be seen walking about on a sunny day as the rabies compromises their nocturnal instincts.
During the second stage of rabies, which may last up to seven weeks, the animal may become unusually bold, threatening humans and other animals. A dog may bite its owner or a wild animal may lose its instinctive caution and approach humans or predatory animals. Alternately, an animal may experience ataxia, often called "dumb rabies" and instead of excitability, its body movements may become uncoordinated, causing it to bump into objects and stumble.
Gosh! be careful out there.
Oh my goodness Jelly that does sound scary...I think it sounds like rabies.
Be careful outside!
We did google muskrat and it looked like photos. Mommy called Animal Services and they said they don't look after wildlife. They agreed that the behaviour was strange. They told Mommy to phone the Province tomorrow. The behaviour sounded like the stage 2 rabies you found. Since the creek is just feet from our backgate it is logical that it is a muskrat. Mommy is worried that it is sick, there are lots of people who walk their dogs here and kids play along the creek. Right now the kids slide down the creek bank.
Oh my goodness! That sounded exciting and a little bit scary. Daddy said it sounds like a muskrat to him too. Better be careful when you go out..
Wow Jelly!! That was quite the morning you had and so brave for standing your ground. We have those bandits called raccoons around here and they will come right up to the door and try and get in. We had a Opossum living under the house one year, but the hole in the garage got boarded up so it had to move on.
Stay safe and stay away from that wild creature. Keep up the yard patrol alarm system and bark whenever you see it.
Gud gwief! Be careful out dere in Funner Bay, Jelly!! I feel sowwy fur dat poor, lil' muskwat, doe :(
Wow Jelly good work on the standing up and barking. Sounds like the critter is sick though and you don't want to get to close to it. I think the glass between is close enough.Very scary that it is around so mant peeps and pups. Hope local authorities can take care of it before anybody gets hurt.
sounds like a sick animal, so be careful. Wash the glass!!
Mommy talked to someone from the Province today and they said they only get involved if the police ask them to. They said for dangerous wild animals we are suppose to call the Thunder Bay police who will call the Province if they need assistance. This sounds like a real "pass the buck" to me. Anyways the Province person said it likely wasn't rabies because we just don't have any rabies in this area of the Province. Mommy felt like saying, "There is always a first time!". We were given some phone numbers for some biologists in case we have some general questions to ask to understand this rat creature better. The loop goes round and round and round and no one takes responsibility.
Well, that is frustratin! There was obviously sumfin wrong with that rat critter thing. They wouldn't normally try to get in peepoles houses.
Just keep on bein careful out there.
Long time ago, when my family lived in Colorado, they found a sick bat in the backyard. An nice animal control lady came and put it in a coffee can. Had the thing tested and it did have rabies.
Nobuddy got hurt or nuthin. It was just creepy to think that rabies was right out there.
My mom did lots of Rabies stuff when she was at the Humane society and she says that muskrats don't usually get rabies cuz an animal that bites them usually kills them, and it almost NEVER, ever is Rabies in the Winter. BUT, that doesn't mean it wasn't sick with something else.
Mom said maybe it got frozen out of it's den and thought the glass in your door and windows was ice??? I thought she was grasping at straws, BOL! (Maybe it needed some straw for it's house??? You could offer it some straw, Mom will grasp some for you???)
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