READING, ENGLAND - After more than a century, an antique mouse trap proved it can still do the job for which it was designed.
An assistant curator at the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading in the U.K. found a dead mouse in a trap designed in the mid-19th century.
According to a blog on the museum's website, the rodent wiggled past campus security, and through the doors of the museum before arriving at its final, though unbaited, resting place.
The exact age of this particular trap is unknown, but Colin Pullinger & Sons patented the device in 1861.
Dubbed a "Perpetual Mouse Trap," the company claimed the traps were "built to last a lifetime."
The museum boasts it is "the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside."
The assistant curator found the mouse while selecting items for research on the subject of 'Animals at Reading.'
The museum is still deciding what to do with the remains. One option would be to give the mouse a formal funeral. A second idea is to desiccate the carcass and keep it as a permanent fixture in the display.