Mystery object a trap



We had a heap of responses to identify this object from the Waiuku Museum last week.
Most identified it as a version of a mouse or rat trap, as Sue Dove-Steenson of Pukekohe said: “My husband Alan Steenson says he thinks they had of these gadgets on their Mauku farm many years ago. He thinks it is a rat trap. The rat climbs into the trap down the chute. They would be unable to get out because they would be spiked on the sharp wires at the bottom of the chute. He’s not sure if a bait was used to lure them in. Probably they were drowned in a water trough before being removed by a side opening.”

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