Calling rent-a-cat A TREDEGAR woman who claims her house is overrun with rats has asked the local council if a rodent operative
can come and live with her for a few days.
You can't feel that warmth once reserved for the local rat-catcher now that he's a city council employee described as a rodent operative
, can you?
Members of the city management services committee, which makes staff appointments for the council, were astonished to hear that university graduates had applied for a job as assistant rodent operative.
The committee thought they could smell a rat and one member wanted to know whether a man needed an arts of science degree to be a rodent operative.
The local farmers are, of course, only too happy to have such highly-trained rodent operatives
on their land -- but not so eager that they are willing to pay.