Coonabarabran, NSW: Mouse seen sitting on the cat’s head as the Australian mouse plague shell became visible
The extent of the mouse infestation in regional Australian cities has been uncovered by images of a rodent clinging to the fur of a basking cat.
The mouse was depicted sitting on the cat’s forehead as it lay down on a ledge in Coonabarabran in central west New South Wales on April 25.
Quickly look up – it’s on your head. Grab the mouse, ”a voice can be heard urging the cat from behind the camera.
Farmers in northern parts of the state and in southern Queensland have suffered from mouse infestations in recent months, complaining that they are devastating crops and spreading potentially deadly bacterial diseases.
The cat’s owner said the cat had been chasing mice endlessly for the past few weeks, vomiting three whole mice in one night.
Australia’s regional mouse plague is so widespread that even the country’s cats have been overrun by the tiny creatures. A cat depicted with a mouse on its head in Coonabarabran in central west NSW
“This day he was enjoying the sun on the front step when my partner put a mouse in front of his face for a response, but nothing,” the owner said.
“Then he dragged it in front of him, waiting for a playful attack, and nothing.”
The owner shared how Mojo seemed undisturbed, even when the mouse was placed on his head.
“He doesn’t care,” said the owner. “Obviously he was having a big night and was completely over it by this point.”
Numerous rural properties have been inundated with mice as a result of severe flooding and record-breaking rainfall along Australia’s east coast.
The cat’s confused response comes just a day after it was found that in a rural town, Australians were sprinkling peanut butter on the lids of trash cans in a desperate attempt to kill the masses of rodents.
A woman in Tamworth, north NSW, was fed up with her and explained that she had bought a hinged-top bin to use as a cheap alternative to a mousetrap after struggling to find one in stores .
She said if the mice crawled on the lid to taste the peanut butter, they would fall into the tray, which would then fill them with water to drown them.
Louise Hennessy, a resident of Elong Elong in central west New South Wales, posted this photo to social media of dead mice in her aquarium’s filter that supplies her property’s drinking water
“ I have the bin in the corner of two brick walls, so the mice climbed the bricks to get to the top of the bin, but if that’s not an option, I recommend some sort of ramp for them to climb up, ” the woman wrote on Facebook.
The grim method was quickly picked up by other rural residents in NSW struggling to find a real mousetrap, and many admitted that it was slowly ridding their homes of the unwanted guests.
The rodents have given farmers a headache trying to protect their crops.
In March, paramedic discovered Louise Hennessy close by a dozen rodents dead in the water tank of a rural resident who supplies drinking water to the local population.
Dead mice are seen on Feb. 2 at a site in Coonamble in central Western NSW
She discovered the ‘gruesome’ view of Elong Elong, in central-west New South Wales, where mice have ravaged food crops.
Ms. Hennessey posted an image of the dead mice and tufts of fur entangled in the filter on social media as health authorities implored residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the potentially fatal disease leptospirosis.
The disease is transmitted from animals to humans by bacteria found in the urine and tissues of infected animals and is most commonly reported in Australia when the country is in the grip of a mouse infestation.
In Coonamble, about two hours north of Dubbo in central western NSW, resident Anne Cullen said mice didn’t run through town until March – and she even woke up one morning with a rodent in her hair.
‘It’s terrible. It’s unbelievable. I came home after staying in Dubbo with my daughter for a few nights, and I went into the house, there were just mice running all over the place, ‘she told the Today show.
‘They ate my clothes. They have entered my wardrobe. There are holes in the benches. They eat everything. ‘
In early February, Ben Storer filmed the mice as he drove through the horde in an ute at his family farm in Warren in the middle of northern NSW (pictured)
She said farmers in the city should burn crops that were not safely stored in silos due to pollution.
In early February, Ben Storer filmed a wave of the mice as he rode through them, commenting on his family farm in Warren, NSW.
The video showed mice running in all directions, surrounding an empty granary, and crawling over a drill at the surface.