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The Stuff of Nightmares!

By Suehh
There a story to this. When Steven and I bought our first home, it was do derelict that it had a closing order on it - no electricity, gas, windows (hardly) floorboards and ceilings - we were not allowed (could not anyway) live in it and as we were now paying rent and the loan for the house, Steve used to work on it late into the summer evenings whilst I was at home with our two young children. One night he came home all of a dither - in the dark - and said he had found something in the upstairs chimney but could not make out what it was because it was too dark to see. He felt uneasy though and thought it might have been a rats' nest he had come across. The next morning, on the bedroom floor, along with all the straw and other gunk rats use, was this mummified rat. He still even has teeth! It must have fallen out of the chimney when Steve was oiking around. The limestone must have mummified it. Poor thing! We have kept it in a Clarkes shoe box ever since (well over 30 years) and today I found it hidden away and thought I would share him with you. Two different views. Don't have bad dreams! xx

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Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2010 7:11PM
well the story is one of interest the subject is likely to give me some nightmares.... eeewwww, I would not want to keep it.... but it has made an interesting subject


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Zoundz 9 25 1 Ireland
6 Mar 2010 7:12PM
Wow - that's gruesome, but as a pet rat breeder, I find it fascinating also! Thank you for sharing, and the wonderful story!

colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
6 Mar 2010 7:40PM
What a tale to tell , and well captured both images .... fascinating that you kept it all these years just for upload to epz Wink

9 10 10 England
6 Mar 2010 7:54PM
You should have uploaded this on 31st October! A real spooky story, but two very good images.
imagio 11 12 1 England
6 Mar 2010 7:55PM
Gruesome find Sue,

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
6 Mar 2010 8:09PM
What an interesting story and two great shots Sue.
Amanita05 8 11 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2010 8:25PM
Thats some Story & 2 Fascinating Photos to match!!
Thanks for Sharing!

baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2010 8:30PM
Fascinating and yucky at the same time! Great shots.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2010 8:45PM
A super story and interestingshots at the same time....Phil
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2010 8:49PM
a wonderful story sue two cracking shots if not a bit creepy nice ones Wink
Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
6 Mar 2010 8:53PM
Amazing Find and shots, I wonder how long ago it was living? Ann
6 Mar 2010 9:06PM
Looks like he fought to the end. Great images.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2010 10:37PM
Part of your history-- might could use it in a still life one of these days!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
6 Mar 2010 10:41PM
Only 1 thing worse looking than a mummified rat, in my opinion, that being a real, live one!! Loath them. Yuck! Great story though and well captured image.

Suehh 11 39 6 England
6 Mar 2010 10:57PM
Thank you for all your comments/votes. Funny thing is ..... I used to have a recurring dream about rats eating my feet... long before this chap came into our lives. He does have a use though. When visitors come to the house and sit around till 1.00a.m. and we want them to leave, we have been known to bring out ratty....they soon leave and leave us to zzzzz. lol. x
Suehh 11 39 6 England
6 Mar 2010 10:58PM

Quote:Part of your history-- might could use it in a still life one of these days!

A very, very still life!!
metro074 8 8 Australia
6 Mar 2010 11:09PM
Holy Dooly! Still a good shot Smile
eewwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great shot and story tho Grin
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
6 Mar 2010 11:56PM
What an amazing story. Have you ever read that story about the rat .. can't remember the name ... can't remember the name - Firmin?
Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2010 9:51AM
What a fasinating find and a good story to go with it. Nice shots too.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 Mar 2010 2:25PM
Wow! It is creepy. Good capture of it...........Sandy
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2010 3:35PM
What a gruesome discovery, but I would have kept it too!!! Super images Sue!
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2010 6:06PM
Aghhh...what a morbid thing to keep....fascinating pics.tho', and well captured
stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2010 6:35PM
Very nice shot sue,great story to go with it aswell..

8 Mar 2010 4:27PM
great story great shot but gives me the creeps
8 Mar 2010 9:40PM
An interesting story to go with an interesting image.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 9:39AM
Thanks for sharing pic and story. Interesting indeed. Looks like something that could have been found in a tomb with a Mummy. Paul
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
23 Mar 2011 6:00PM
Wow! That gave me a start! Creepy - I thought it was a dog at first. You do live an exciting life, Sue!

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