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Dartmouth woman live-streams rats living in her dollhouse

A Dartmouth woman has responded to a mouse problem in a unique way--she made the mouse its own reality television show.

The slow TV reality show has been gaining viewers

Erin Hennessey live-streams rats living in a dollhouse in her shed 0:44

A Dartmouth woman has responded to a mouse problem in a unique way — she made the mouse its own reality show.

Two weeks ago, Erin Hennessey started live-streaming a dollhouse in her house where mice were frequenting.

She called the live-stream 'The Mouse Show.'

Only recently when she went to turn on the live-stream, she saw all the furniture was turned around.

She realized it was not the work of a mouse, but a rat.

A rat seeks out chocolate chips and other treats in The Rat House. (CBC)

"When I saw that it was a rat instead of a mouse I thought, 'Oh I've gone too far. The joke is over now,'" she said. 

Now she's moved the setup into her shed.

The trend is called slow TV, a reality television phenomenon where rodents run around providing hours of entertainment.

So far her rat show has generated 1,400 hits.

Hennessey puts chocolate chips in little crevices in the dollhouse for the rats to find.

Erin Hennessey started live-streaming mice two weeks ago. (CBC)

"I know that if I was a normal grownup person I would've just picked up the phone and called an exterminator," she said.

The idea came from a show in Norway where birds eat at a bird-feeder dressed up as a bar. 

Hennessey tried replicating the idea but wasn’t having a lot of luck. So she turned to another living creature.

"I like watching it," said Hennessey. "It's really compelling. Everyone keeps saying that. 'I don't know why I can't stop watching this but I’ve been watching it for six hours.'"

She said the show may be coming to an end soon though. It may be time to call an exterminator after all.

"I don't want to but it seems irresponsible, even for me, to encourage a rat to live in my shed," said Hennessey.