As a pet, Aurora is only so-so. She can be quite annoying, in fact. However, as a mouse trap, she is fantastic. Our neighbors, the Butlers, recently had a mouse problem and one afternoon, when they caught a glimpse of the mouse, I retrieved Aurora and took her next door. As Josh made a raucous to scare the mouse from behind a cabinet, I held Aurora on the other side. When the mouse emerged about knee-high on a gas line I temporarily lowered Aurora to it like I was dipping crab legs in butter and when she came back up the mouse was in her mouth.
The next day the Butlers spotted another mouse (likely kin to the first) and team Joseph-Aurora answered the call again. This time the mouse came out on the floor behind the oven so I just threw Aurora at it and she immediately snatched it up. I had to lift her out from behind the oven as the mouse wriggled in her mouth. The picture above is of her playing with this second mouse outside–its last moments alive.