Last year I, too, had a compost heap on to which I religiously put only vegetable waste, fruit trimmings, grass cuttings etc. I began to wonder how the heap appeared to rot down so quickly without producing much heat or compost.
The answer came one day when I went to put a bowl of peelings on it and the whole pile moved - there, sitting on top of the pile, happily gorging itself on a discarded melon skin, was a gigantic fat brown rat. Needless to say, I don't have a compost heap any longer.
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