Out of no where and never before seen in and around the house, there it was, a rat in our kitchen.
My wife screamed as she first saw something bobbing in and out behind her newly bought stove.
"Aboh, come and see what is it behind the stove."
I ran to her and said, "May be a frog!"
I bent down and took a peek. Nothing. Then using a broom handle I probed into the space behind the stove.
Suddenly the rat jumped onto the stove and straight onto the windows, trying to get away.
It was Rattus tiomanicus, I think. For it was smaller than Rattus rattus, the city rat and bigger than the house mouse.
It quickly ran into the kitchen cabinet and cleverly hid in there. Even the presence of our Stocking did not force it to reveal itself to us.
Only after I left for work I was told that it quietly slipped through the kitchen door to freedom.
Indeed that was the first rat or mouse we have ever seen in the house!