This morning I stumbled upon the wreckage of an overnight raid on my fruit bowl. This is a first. I have had mice nibbling at the stuffing in my sofa, I have had squirrels in the roof gnawing on the electrics, and then all the visitors to the garden. This is something else though. Let me describe the crime scene (see photos).
The banana has been detached at the stem from the other bananas, dragged along the worktop onto a bar stool, and there stripped on one side with clear rodent gnawing marks.
ONLY the banana has been touched. Not the lemon, not the bread that was next to it, nothing else, just the banana.
I could find no tracks or footprints in the various smudges around. At one stage I thought I saw by angling the stool into the light to look at the glare what could have been four claw and pad marks, but just the toe end of the foot, so it could have been a rat of a squirrel, I can't tell, but....
... the only access points large enough for a creature that can move a banana like that (so not a mouse) would be where the pipes come from the ceiling into the boiler cupboard, and one electrical cable access above the other kitchen cabinets, but...
... there are no paw marks or tracks at all in the dust that has shamefully accumulated up there. No evidence of passage at all.
Other possibly relevant information: two weeks ago, the big oak tree round the back was pruned at the neighbour's initiative. That weekend, whilst sitting in the kitchen alone one evening, I heard very clear scurrying in the ceiling above the kitchen cabinets that meet the boiler cupboard.
Now glis glis can apparently climb along smooth vertical surfaces like a gecko. A large portion of their diet is fruit. They live in mature oak trees but will set up camp in attics. And they have been trapped on occasion to the West on London.
Really what I want you to tell me is that this isn't a rat. I have no idea how the heck whatever this is got in though. But it looks like it was from above where the access is, and whatever it is didn't drag the banana to the floor.