Museum's 150-Year-Old Mousetrap Still Catching Rodents

Museum's 150-Year-Old Mousetrap Still Catching Rodents

Staff at the Museum of English Rural Life found a working Colin Pullinger 'Perpetual' trap, which was registered in 1861.

February 8, 2016
International Rodents

Museum curators were left dumbfounded after they found a freshly killed mouse inside a 150-year-old mousetrap encased behind impenetrable glass, the Huffington Post reported.

The puzzling scene was happened upon by a worker who queried the presence of the rodent after finding it wasn't recorded in the museum's database.
 
Staff at the Museum of English Rural Life, University Of Reading, quickly discovered that despite the historic trap being unbaited, the mouse had somehow ferreted its way into it and suffered an agonizing death.
 
Intriguingly, the trap was among exhibits to be fully glazed last year to protect it from the elements - and roaming rodents - puzzling museum experts as to how the mouse managed to get in.
 
The Colin Pullinger 'Perpetual' trap was heralded at the time for its simplicity and effectiveness, after having its unique design registered in 1861.
 
CLICK HERE to see photos of this trap.
 
Source: Huffington Post