Rat's how you see off a rodent after your grub

Rat's how you see off a rodent after your grub

Rat's how you see off a rodent after your grub

Rat's how you see off a rodent after your grub

First published in News

FUR was flying when this squirrel pounced on a rat trying to steal his meal.

The violent scene was unwittingly instigated – and then captured – by ex-Oxford Mail photographer George Reszeter on Wednesday morning.

He had gone to a feeding place near his home in Wootton, near Abingdon, where he photographs birds and other wildlife.

He scattered some bird seed which drew the attention of the ravenous rodents.

But after a short, sharp exchange, the rat did a runner, leaving the squirrel to enjoy a hard-won feast.

Mr Reszeter, 59, said: “I have been photographing wildlife for 30 years but never seen anything like this. They were obviously both hungry, looking for food, and all of a sudden they turned on each other.

“It just happened so quickly.

“It’s like all the animal world, when they are hungry they will attack.”

He added: “I have noticed we are getting bigger and bigger rats, it is quite dramatic.”

Pim Young, an assistant reserves officer with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), said the scuffle was a rare sighting.

“Squirrels are pretty aggressive and they have got very sharp claws,” she said.

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11:52pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

I hear that apparently, Tenants have similar infestation problems with some of Roland Rat's cousins over at City Council's Cardinal House in Littlemore - which opened as City's Sheltered Housing showcase project in 2010 after a £multi-million re-build, as I read in the Oxford Mail at the time. So, something else for Old Marston sheltered tenants to look forward to, along with the hundreds of new Council Trjantd who will eventually move to Barton.
I hear that apparently, Tenants have similar infestation problems with some of Roland Rat's cousins over at City Council's Cardinal House in Littlemore - which opened as City's Sheltered Housing showcase project in 2010 after a £multi-million re-build, as I read in the Oxford Mail at the time. So, something else for Old Marston sheltered tenants to look forward to, along with the hundreds of new Council Trjantd who will eventually move to Barton. Myron Blatz
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1:47am Sat 12 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
I hear that apparently, Tenants have similar infestation problems with some of Roland Rat's cousins over at City Council's Cardinal House in Littlemore - which opened as City's Sheltered Housing showcase project in 2010 after a £multi-million re-build, as I read in the Oxford Mail at the time. So, something else for Old Marston sheltered tenants to look forward to, along with the hundreds of new Council Trjantd who will eventually move to Barton.
When the work does start on the new estate, there will be a few thousand of them looking for a new home, look out existing Barton residents.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: I hear that apparently, Tenants have similar infestation problems with some of Roland Rat's cousins over at City Council's Cardinal House in Littlemore - which opened as City's Sheltered Housing showcase project in 2010 after a £multi-million re-build, as I read in the Oxford Mail at the time. So, something else for Old Marston sheltered tenants to look forward to, along with the hundreds of new Council Trjantd who will eventually move to Barton.[/p][/quote]When the work does start on the new estate, there will be a few thousand of them looking for a new home, look out existing Barton residents. Grunden Skip
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9:59pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

City Council can't like adverse publicity about rat-infestation of Council housing - especially since it must be so difficult to the rats to pay Rent or Council Tax!
City Council can't like adverse publicity about rat-infestation of Council housing - especially since it must be so difficult to the rats to pay Rent or Council Tax! Myron Blatz
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3:11am Sun 13 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
City Council can't like adverse publicity about rat-infestation of Council housing - especially since it must be so difficult to the rats to pay Rent or Council Tax!
It's not difficult for them to pay, they just claim benefits.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: City Council can't like adverse publicity about rat-infestation of Council housing - especially since it must be so difficult to the rats to pay Rent or Council Tax![/p][/quote]It's not difficult for them to pay, they just claim benefits. Grunden Skip
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3:12am Sun 13 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
City Council can't like adverse publicity about rat-infestation of Council housing - especially since it must be so difficult to the rats to pay Rent or Council Tax!
It's not difficult for them to pay, they just claim benefits. Although surely OCC must smell a fish with them all being called Roland
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: City Council can't like adverse publicity about rat-infestation of Council housing - especially since it must be so difficult to the rats to pay Rent or Council Tax![/p][/quote]It's not difficult for them to pay, they just claim benefits. Although surely OCC must smell a fish with them all being called Roland Grunden Skip
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