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February 16, 2007


Rodent-related terror at Taconite Tires...

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- A furry, uninvited guest had manly men at an Iron Range tire shop shrieking and hopping on desks. "It was pretty humorous," said conservation officer Dan Starr, who filed a report on the critter's break-in. "Here were these big, burly outdoors guys running around screaming." Taconite Tire employees arrived at work on Monday to find what they thought was a giant rat inside the store.

"I was the first one into work that morning and the first one out," said Shannon Bergman, an off-road tire salesman. "I walked in, and in the waiting area I saw this big rat, and I took off."

Mayhem ensued.

After scampering out the front door, Bergman called a buddy and told him to bring a rifle to dispatch the critter.

On edge, employees stalked the "rat," entering the office where it was holed up.

"We're looking around in the office and a box falls, and I must have jumped a foot," said Bob Dethloff, a brawny alignment specialist and stock car racer. "I thought it was going to attack me from behind."

Dethloff's son, Ryan, a mechanic at the shop, was armed with a broomstick.

All of a sudden, he spotted the "rat."

"Ryan comes out of the office screaming, and he says, 'It's huge!'" Bergman said. "It was the size of a cat."

"I guess he jumped on top of a desk and screamed like a girl who had seen a mouse," Starr said of Ryan Dethloff.

In the end, an employee shot and killed what turned out to be a muskrat.


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This was in Minnesota? Down on the coast of Louisiana or Mississippi this critter would have been marinating and on the smoker toute suite! What a bunch of wimps!

Muskrats are mean little bastards, so I don't entirely blame them.

Though it's pretty funny that when you get a bunch of big, burly men in a group, they'll do the same thing a woman would do in that situation.

All the poor muskrat wanted was a nice chunk of cattail root.

Read the headline, thought it was about the Pope. Sorry.

I probably wouldn't have reacted any better (well, okay, I KNOW I wouldn't have), but there's still a huge difference in the creep-out factor for me between town rats and country rats. It doesn't make any sense, but there it is.

None of us is as dumb as all of us.

Another issue here is that they got a gun & shot the poor muskrat. Think the muskrat was muslim? They both start with "mus". Typical male response, just shoot it.

They couldn't tell the difference between a rat and a muskrat? What the hell!

Poor muskrat.

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