Zimbabwe kids hunt mice and sell them as tasty snacks

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  1. NamStay

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    Want to try some?


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    CHIDZA, Zimbabwe – With headlamps to peer through the darkness, children in rural Chidza village in central Zimbabwe scamper through the night to trap mice, which they roast and sell to motorists on the road to neighboring South Africa.

    Considered a delicacy, the field mice are hunted in cornfields where they have grown plump on the grains, grass and wild fruits.

    The children use old-fashioned traps — wooden rectangles with spring loaded bars — and bait them with seeds of grain. They strategically place the traps on little paths used by the mice as they look for food.


    Sometimes within minutes of laying the trap a mouse is caught. The snapping sound of a trap alerts the kids who rush to retrieve their catch. On a good night the children say they can catch between 50 and 100 mice. The night hunting comes at a risk as snakes are also on the prowl for the rodents.

    By the end of their trapping adventures the children will have the mice heaped in dishes. The mice are then roasted over an open fire, salted and left to dry before finding their way on the market. Standing by the roadside, the children attract travelers by holding up skewers of the mice. They sell 10 mice for a dollar and say they are doing a brisk business.


    Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/zimbabwe-kids-hunt-mice-and-sell-them-as-tasty-snacks.html
     
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    Good for them. Over here in the U.S. they local health department would be shutting them down just like they do the lemonade stands!
     
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    Protein. I’ve been hungry enough in college I dug left over rolls and baked potatoes out of the dumpster behind the “Chat and Chew” cafe and snuck in and got eggs from the experimental farm at the university.
    Hungry is hungry no matter where you live!
     
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    Been hungry before but not enough to buy roasted dry mice on a stick beside the road.
     
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    Only if they are cruelty free organic mice and fed a diet of lite tofu seeds and fruit
     
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    Yes these were no doubt elderly mice who passed away snug in their beds! Not sure the diet was as health as one might like.

    ANYWAY SOMEBODY CAN HAVE MY SHARE.....if they are hungry.
     
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    No thanks. I don't eat funky stuff.

    I do appreciate the kids effort.
     
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    Selling tasty mice snacks is nothing new. This is a photo of a young girl who approached me in a Zim village nearly 30 years ago. I couldn't tell what she was offering until I took a close look. Gee, they sure do look tasty, but no thanks!
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    Great effort.
    I’ll await my Kudu steak.
     
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    I ll pass....
     
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    Hey, 10 for a buck. Less spent on food means more spent on hunting!
     

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    That's actually a really good quality photo for 30 years ago
     
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    Thanks, those are scans from the negatives. The camera used was a Canon F-1 35mm SLR. I still have it but it's too big and bulky to drag around in this day and age of compact digital cameras.
     
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    Sorry but not for me.
     
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    i would but i just gagged down a bison t,bone,ugh!!! and a bottle of putrid cab.
     
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    they are full of tapeworms too.
     
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    You guys are just spoiled!;)
    We ate em as kids.
    Along with Flying ants (termites), Butter bums, Quelia and lots of things we could find in the bush to trap or collect.
    Dry Maize roasted on a shovel. Wild mushrooms (Makowa) All sorts!
    The mindset worked well for me in the mid to late 70's!
     
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    Butter bums ?? I think I have had those before
     
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