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Very clever, Mr. Jingles: Outfoxed by a mouse

We baited two mouse traps with almond butter, but no Mr. Jingles. (Leslie Kelly)
We baited two mouse traps with almond butter, but no Mr. Jingles. (Leslie Kelly)

Let's suppose you're sitting in your brand new RV, enjoying a cozy evening in one of America's best national parks.

Suddenly, it becomes clear you have an unwelcome guest inside your vehicle. First you hear scratching noises. Then a little gray head sticks out from underneath the passenger seat and darts back out of the light.

We were more than a bit shocked. How did a mouse get inside our new RV?

A week later, we still aren't sure. And after two nightly visits at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from our little Mr. Jingles, it's clear that he's not along for further Going Mobile adventures.

Most likely, he was a very smart campground mouse who had figured out how to get inside a vehicle for a quick meal. So smart that on the second night, when we set two mouse traps with almond butter, he managed to lick off the goodies without springing the traps. Very clever, Mr. Jingles.

It got us thinking -- have you ever had to face down rodents inside your RV? Tell us your story in an email to Goingmobile@spokesman.com.



John Nelson is a freelance writer.