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There's a dead rat in my garden, what am I to do?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by EGuitarStar, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. EGuitarStar


    Joined: Dec 23, 2009

    Posts: 2,692

    Location: Earth

    As per the title, just noticed a large, dead rat in the middle of the garden.

    I'm very squirmish and not sure what to do. So I am turning to GD. :confused:

    1. Should I just leave it in the hope that local wildlife will dispose of it?
    2. Man up and throw it in the bin? If so, which one; General Waste or Food waste?
    3. Pick it up and sling it elsewhere?
    4. Or leave it as it is and let it rot and decompose?
    5. Let the dead rat own my garden and never go out there again?
    6. Take GD's advice?

    For those who say "pics or it didn't happen."
    [​IMG]Dead Rat RIP, on Flickr

    Mods, if this image is too much please let me know I'll remove it.
  2. AiiR


    Joined: Feb 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,039

    Roast it with some veggies.
  3. Finners

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 27, 2009

    Posts: 2,469

    In your own words man up and chuck it in the general waste bin. It will go away to land fill or get burnt in a incinerator.

    Don't leave it, it's probably been poisoned so don't want another animal to come along and eat it.
  4. rxodium

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    Joined: Sep 26, 2019

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    Throw it in the bin. And do it now. You don't know whether a cat has done it, or it's finally succumbed to poison. And if it's poison you don't want that entering the food chain.
  5. Orionaut


    Joined: Aug 2, 2012

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  6. builder22


    Joined: Dec 14, 2005

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    7. Volley in to street or neighbours garden :p
  7. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

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    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Wow seriously OP! I must shovel up 20-30 dead mice and birds a year. Being a rat it might be poisoned so better put it in the bin. Most of them I just chuck down the side of the garden and let them decompose. Doesn't take long.

    Worst is when my cat leaves baby birds on the garden still alive. Had to brick them to put them out of their misery :(
  8. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

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    Location: Northern England

    Brick the cat. Problem solved.
  9. EdwardTeach


    Joined: Mar 18, 2010

    Posts: 3,370

    It doesn't look dead, it just resting.

    Give it some juice and a digestive and it will walk out.
  10. paradigm


    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

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    Location: Staffordshire

  11. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 23,318

    Watch it doesn’t come back alive and eat you.
  12. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 21, 2019

    Posts: 2,051

    Not sure manning ups an option
    OP couldn't even go near it
    To get a decent photo lol
    Seriously though
    Get yourself a cheap pair
    Of litter/paper pickers for future situations
    Like this
    If you actually can't just pick it
    Up and bin it by hand
  13. Yadda


    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,281

    Location: Baa

    Have you tried CPR?

    Seriously though, this:
    Use a shovel or failing that, grab it through a thick bag and bin it.
  14. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

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    That one brings back few memories
  15. KoN1ch1wA


    Joined: Jun 19, 2009

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    Location: London

    Burn it
  16. Semple


    Joined: Mar 5, 2010

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    lolwut? What council picks up dead animals as food waste?
  17. dcsarge

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Bristol

  18. peterwalkley


    Joined: Feb 23, 2009

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    Location: South Wirral

    Is not rat, is Siberian hamster !
  19. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 21, 2019

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    Why does that make me
    Think of Terry pratchet novels
  20. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

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    Bloody big siberian hamster lol
    Siberian hamsters are
    The tiny grey ones I think