I found a rat’s nest while turning over the compost this afternoon. There were seven little hairless and helpless whelps inside. They looked like this.
I drowned them all and I do actually feel quite bad about it. Later while taking some more scraps out to the compost bin I surprised the mother or father investigating the ruins of her/his nest. It’s pretty awful. I hope the rats decide our garden is not a safe place to raise children and move on.