I was just thinking the other day that the only two things I hadn't seen around the property were a rat and a skunk (we've smelled skunks). Well, tick one off that list.
On my walk out to feed the goats the other morning, I saw a dead rat along the path. It was a pretty healthy and fat looking rat so I was surprised but glad (!) to see that it was dead. No visible signs of injury. It was a little worrying because it was fairly close to the house. But in the afternoon when I went by it was gone, probably taken by one of the birds.
I threw down my glove for scale. I also rolled it over with my boot lest you think it was a cute little white rat.