Rat family in compost

I was doing some gardening this week when I found four baby rats living in our compost bin. Mum was no-where to be found. IMG_0910Their eyes were still closed and the only movements they could manage were little wriggles so I’m guessing they were less than 2 weeks old.

We toyed with the idea of drowning them but neither of us could bring ourselves to do it. So we threw them up the back of the garden with the hope the local cats will end their lives on our behalf. Pathetic, I know. But what other options are there? Suggestions welcome.