Our tent is literally alive and crawling. There are some animals living in it that we quite like:
And other animals that unfortunately we really do have quite a big problem with.
The mice eat our clothes and poo everywhere. They keep us awake with their constant gnawing. And they gnaw everything from our water bottles to our camping gear. The shrews crawl around under the duvet with us, nest in my hair while I’m sleeping and make noises under our pillows. The snakes are mainly poisonous and unacceptable inside. Our huge rodent problem is probably a bit attraction for them. We also have a serious termite problem but that’s a story for another day.
Maya the Bush Camp cat and resident rodent control came to visit the other week and swiftly killed a big fat mouse.
We couldn’t keep Maya though so we got our very own deadly assassin. Welcome Schrödinger!!
At this point in time Schrödinger is only 6.5 weeks old and has an uncanny resemblance to a fluffy soot sprite from the Studio Ghibli animations, My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away.
We named our kitten Schrödinger after Schrödinger’s cat, a principle in quantum theory of superposition proposed by Erwin Schrödinger, a very jolly looking Austrian physicist, in 1935. In Schrödinger’s theoretical experiment he places a living cat into a steel chamber with a device containing a vial of the radioactive substance, hydrocyanic acid. If a single atom of the substance decays during the test period a hammer will break the vial and kill the cat. The observer cannot know whether an atom of the substance has decayed and killed the cat or not. Therefore, according to quantum law, the cat is both dead and alive in a superposition of states.
So why did we name our cute little kitten after Schrödinger and his slightly disturbing theoretical experiment?
Reason 1: She came home in a box. Partway through the very rocky 7.5 km drive up the mountain she stopped mewing. I was not sure if she was dead or alive (or both!) until we opened the box when I got home. Luckily she was alive. Yay physics!
Reason 2: We hope that as well as being a cold hearted mouse killer, she will also be a science cat! What better way to inspire scientific reasoning than to have a sciencey name.
Today we had another mouse / termite incident. But after eyeballing the mouse it was about the same size as Schrödinger so we thought we’d let the mouse live…for now.