I'VE CAUGHT THE LITTLE SWINE!
Baby Itchy Roborovski is in protective custody and has been severely told off.
She rambles about noncholantly as if nothing happened...
... all the possible eventualities I had to eventually sit down and consider right through. Thankfully the old pipes hole under the sink has been stopped up by my landlord's workmen in an antimouse move. So I relaxed a bit about her having left the room. The door is a flush-fitting full-on firedoor so no way could she have squeezed under there. The only remaining possibility (considering I had only caught site of her once, about an hour after she first went missing last night) was that she had got down somewhere she could not get back up. Somewhere in my room. There are books piled up besides the cupboard that's crawling alive with wild mice and that's where she was. Cavorting with wild mice if you please! Soon as I pulled the books out I spotted something and saw Itchy was alive! I was seriously starting do doubt this as (well, as I said) utterly no sign of her.
It was over an hour from first sighting tonight and several near-misses to eventual recapture. You must understand you cannot grab at a tiny animal like that - she's no longer than my little finger. (And, incidentally, being the skinniest robo, the one who could least affort to be away from home and food.) I baited a long cardboard tube with birdseed and broccoli, which necessitated sitting right by it else I'd have to move and/or lunge which would panick her out of there. I put another normal-size toilet tube round the side of the books. And totally blocked off the cupboard so she could not get behind or underneath it.... let her ramble towards it. Inside she went. Two seconds later - CAPTURED!
NAUGHTY NAUGHTY LITTLE SWINE!!
And my trots seems to have gone away, too!
My own haiku of the day:
Baby Itchy -
Nibbles seeds oblivious.
(translation courtesy Google translate - and I know the syllables don't go 5-7-5...)
PS Couldn't resist passing the Japanese back through Babelfish and got this even more poetic rendition:
The baby it is itchy,
- it is the mischievous pig.
The seed which you gnaw you become aware.
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