Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cooked Mice Anyone?

In Malawi, there is a better mouse trap and lunch, all wrapped up in one. Field mice, your choice, cooked, salted or dried, strung on sticks are sold as a popular delicacy in Malawi markets and along the roadsides. The mice are hunted down in corn fields after the harvest, that's when they have grown plump on the grains and fruits. The most popular mouse is the Kapuku, gray in color and with a shorter tail than the more common rat. (good info)
The young boys, who are not employed (to our knowledge) by Greenpeace or PETA, chase the mice through the fields and catch them.
But local villagers have also come up with an innovative trap.
Holes are dug with clay pots inside, filled with water. The mouth of the pot is smeared with fried corn husks. When the mice fight for the husks, they fall into the pot and drown.

(what a nice story)