It turns out, there were other rat bottles: not poison, but willing to be mistaken for such.
For a consumer to briefly mistake a beverage for rat poison is harmless, but to even briefly mistake rat poison for a beverage…
Clearly some consumers like the idea of drinking rat posion—(as in: Name your poison!)—but if that is true, then what do rats like to drink?
Owners of pet rats sometimes like to attribute to their rats, a human-like affinity for bottled spirits—as the 3 photos, above, from Alexey Krasavin’s Flickr Photostream suggest.
And, indeed, stories can be found to suggest that rats have been known to acquire a taste for the stuff:
Rats are gnawing at beer cans and making holes in caps of whisky bottles stored in police storehouses in eastern India and apparently getting drunk, authorities said on Wednesday.
The rodents’ love for liquor has the police department in Bihar state stumped as it tries to store hundreds of bottles seized from illegal sellers from across the state in Patna, the state capital, said Kundan Krishnan, a senior officer.
“We are fed up with these drunk rats and cannot explain why they have suddenly turned to consumption of alcohol,” he said.
…Rats were also attacking people near the police buildings, nibbling at their toes, although it was not clear if they were under the influence, officials and witnesses said.
via Scribal Terror
But not all rat bottles are 100 Proof…
(Another type of rat bottle, after the fold…)
…there are also rat-proof bottles:
“I’ve been having trouble with field rats that seem to enjoy feasting on the roots of my baby plants. I thought this was an innovative solution to keeping the rats out till the plants are able to look after themselves. … these are made from recycled soft drink bottles…”
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