Early this morning or maybe late last night, I can't remember really as I was exhausted from getting home from work, I noticed that the hamster cage needed some cleaning. This led to disassembling the soiled compartments and bringing them to the sink.
While working on TV/movie jobs I usually don't stock a lot of food for fear that it will go bad so I the food that I buy and store is a lot of food with long storage life, stuff in cans or jars for example.
While moving the hamster stuff to the sink for cleaning I noticed a jar of peanut butter tipped over among a bunch of cans. Being that person with slight OCD I went to sit it upright. That's when I noticed this...
Peanut butter jar
The bottom half on the side not visible to me was completely eaten away. The impressive thing was that were no particles or half eaten plastic anywhere. I wouldn't have known the peanut butter was even touched other than seeing the jar was tilted.
I was a little freaked out about this then decided to check other containers on my food storage cart. This was definitely a surgical strike. There was no evidence other than other packages having been chewed on. There was no poop. At first I wasn't entirely sure it was rats. It could have been squirrels, raccoons, or maybe even a skunk. After inspecting the peanut butter jar a bit more closely I noticed the bite marks were relatively the size that would match a rat or a squirrel. The tongue marks in the peanut butter were too big for a hamster. So much for the professor coming back.
carton of vegetable soup
Weird that the carton of vegetable soup was not emptied of it's contents. I guess the rodent is a picky eater.