I really do love feeding my birds. Every morning when I get off work I love coming home to see this:
My birdies sitting on the line and in the trees waiting for daddy to feed them and give them a nice bowl of fresh water.
Recently I have also come to the realization that I am also feeding a group of rats by proxy. Now mind, I do not hate the rats. In fact they're kind of cute in their own way. And besides, it's not their fault that they're hungry. I was able to get a picture of one of them with my iPhone recently:
It's a blown up photo so it may be difficult to judge the scale of it but that one is about a foot long...without the tail(!). I recently put my video camera out after I laid down the seed to see if I could capture them on film. I counted at least four. Now I really do think they are cute; I went out to get the video camera and the big one stopped two feet away in front of me and looked at me as if to say 'Whassup dude!' then he scurried away! The only thing is I can't guarantee that they won't come into my house. In fact it is most likely they will if they haven't already. I don't want to kill them so I'm thinking of getting some live traps and taking them to a nice wooded area and let them go. The only thing is that rats are very smart so I'll have to get a bunch of traps and try to get as many of them as I can at once before they figure out what's going on. I also think it would be nice to let them all go together. :)
My roommate wants to have one as a pet, but there's a world of difference between a captive raised and a wild rat. I also do not think it would be fair to keep him in a cage no matter how pleasant the circumstances: a cage of gold is a cage nonetheless. I think that the catch and release idea is my best option. What do you think?