A Victorian-age trap displayed in a British museum proved its long-lasting functionality after catching a mouse unbated, report says.
The rodent died inside the mouse trap – a display the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
The mouse trap was then in the museum’s archives when a rodent “broke in” in it.
British company Colin Pullinger & Sons invented the “Perpetual Mouse Trap” and patented it in 1861.
In the exhibit, the trap has a description of “multi-catch live mouse trap with a see-saw mechanism.”
However, this might be one of the faulty parts of the invention as the critter that got in was killed inside.
Upon the discovery of the incident, the museum’s assistant curator sent out an e-mail to the staff saying: “There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap which is not described as being there on the database.” A humor only the museum staff can get.
The museum said the creature must have entered the museum during its redevelopment project.
Meanwhile, the museum is still thinking if they remove the remains of the rodent or preserve it in the trap.