To the Editor,  

No, not the Editor! The rat you wrote about in the piece about the nest of sticks under your hood is what I’m talking about.

I had been out of town when you published that article but it rang true as soon as I read about the building of sticks in the engine compartment.rat-nest

A couple of years ago I was working on some cabinets in a log cabin in the deep woods. There was nowhere to go for about three days so I didn’t even open the truck. Since I have an older truck and I am older than (well, let’s put it this way:  everyone used to or should have checked oil on a regular basis in the old cars), I decided to check my oil.

As I lifted the hood I was surprised to see a pile of sticks about the size of a large basket sitting on top of the intake manifold. I was even more surprised to see two beady eyes, pointed nose and long whiskers peering from the middle of the basket.

It took me a couple of seconds to react, then a loud shout came from my mouth. I know the little creature was more terrified than me but I immediately had goose bumps and started to wave my hands at the now identified “RAT.”

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