NSW mother of four finds half-eaten mouse in son’s sock at Riverina farm

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The mother of four said the family’s cats hunt these animals « all night, » often leaving half-eaten critters as « gifts. »

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As the CSIRO warns that the mouse infestation in Australia could last for two years, this map shows how rodent infestations increased in South East Australia by 2021….

Because the CSIRO warns that the mouse infestation in Australia could last for two years, this map shows how rodent infestations increased in South East Australia by 2021.

Mice terrorize residents in the bush. Image: iStocksource:istock

A mother of four is the latest victim of the NSW mouse infestation after finding a half-eaten rodent in her toddler’s socks.

Lauren Lieschke was doing laundry when she found the critter, presumably abandoned by one of the family’s cats.

Lauren Lieschke, from Beckom in the Riverina region, found a half-eaten mouse in her son Enoch's sock on Thursday.

Lauren Lieschke, from Beckom in the Riverina region, found a half-eaten mouse in her son Enoch’s sock on Thursday.Source:Supplied

“I went to wash Enoch’s clothes after he fell in a puddle. I had undressed him and his socks came out inside out. It wasn’t until I went to wash them that I saw it, » she told NCA NewsWire.

“The cat must have left it in his rubber boot overnight and we didn’t know.

« He’s only 17 months old, so he had no idea and still hasn’t… He was just happy to play in muddy puddles. »

Enoch had played in puddles and « had no idea » there was a half-eaten mouse in his sock, his mother said.Source:Supplied

The family of six lives on a farm in Beckon, an hour’s drive from Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region, and has been battling the reality of the mouse infestation in the state for months.

Ms Lieschke said she caught them « several times a day » in traps under the sink, usually finding them half eaten by other mice as well as the family’s cats.

« Our cats spend time hunting them and they also bring them to us as ‘gifts’, » she said.

“They don’t really eat them anymore, but the hunt is fun, especially for our younger cat.

“Every night after I put the kids to bed I go out to do some more laundry, the cat plays with mice before killing them in front of the door.

« She has to do that most of the night because she sleeps most of the day. »

Ms Lieshke said it was « pretty nasty » that she was constantly cleaning up mouse droppings and that it was very difficult to keep the rodents out of the house because they « can get almost anywhere ».

« It would be nice if people in the cities knew what’s going on, » she said.

“The farmers have suffered from drought and floods and now they have finally had a good year and everything is being destroyed by mice. It’s terrible. »

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