Mum finds bloody, squashed mouse in one-year-old son’s shoe as biblical mouse plague takes over Australia

A HORRIFIED mum found a bloody squashed mouse in her one-year-old son's shoe as a biblical rodent plague has taken over Australia.

Lauren Lieschke, 35, made the sickening discovery last week while she was checking her son's Enoch shoe after he had spent a day playing in the family's farm in Beckom in the Riverina region.


The mum-of- four was shoving the boy's clothes into the washing machine when she turned the sock inside out.

She was left disgusted after finding a half-eaten, squashed mouse between the toddler's sock and gumboot.

"I’m guessing that the cat put it (the mouse) in there," she told 7NEWS.com.au.

"Because the mouse was half-eaten."

Bizarrely the young boy did not complain about the mouse in his shoe

Lauren added that her sons, all under the age of six, have been used to the mouse plague that has been tormenting communities for months.

"They don’t really care about the mice or anything, it doesn’t bother them," she said.

"They don’t really understand the disease that they spread disease and the devastation they make on the land.

"They’re a bit too young to get that."



It comes just days after a woman was rushed to the hospital after she woke up with a mouse chewing on her eyeball.

The outbreak is being described as the worst in more than 30 years, The Times reports.

Another farmer Mick Harris who lives in Narromine, about 250 miles inland from Sydney, said he felt something on his face while he was asleep.

"I felt a tickly, furry sensation as it crawled from behind my ear across my cheek," he said.

"It made my skin crawl. My hair stood up and I jumped out of bed.

"For the rest of the night I didn’t sleep a wink — until I caught the mouse in a trap under the bed."

Meanwhile, a desperate farmer built a makeshift mouse incinerator to save his crops.

Horrific outbreaks stretch 1,000km from Brisbane to Melbourne and have been wreaking havoc for farming communities for nearly a year.

The plague of mice has caused millions of dollars in damage to crops and machinery all across country from the southern Victoria border to the northern state of Queensland.

The mice have also invaded homes, schools and hospitals as they thrive after heavy rain and hot and dry spells led to a bumper harvest.


Experts have warned "without a concerted baiting effort in the next few weeks this could easily turn into a two-year plague event".

In a desperate bid to stop the mouse menace, the government in New South Wales  is set to blitz its mouse plague with "napalm for mice," a toxic rodent poison called bromadiolone.

Bromadiolone kills rats and mice by preventing the blood from clotting and can be lethal from one day of eating the poison, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.

Announcing the measure as part of a $50million package to curb the outbreak, Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the poison would be "the equivalent of napalming mice" across the affected regions.

There have been calls for Australia's mouse plague to be declared a "natural disaster" after a house was torched, cars were destroyed and crops left decimated so frustrated Aussies can claim insurance payouts.

Mum-of-three Shirilee Jackson, 31, who lives in Mandagery, New South Wales, said a swarm of rats and mice left her car damaged beyond repair in just one night.

She told A Current Affair: "Ten grand's (£5,474) worth of damage. I've woken up at five o'clock in the morning to find the seatbelts chewed, the heater unit, flooring, head rest, and child's car seat chewed.

"It's just unreal, in a matter of 10 hours."

Mrs Jackson said she has insurance and tried to make a claim but was told she wasn't able to.

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