In 1812, John James Audubon filled a wooden box with about 200 of his paintings of American birds and left it with a relative for safekeeping while he went off on one of his many trips. When he returned to retrieve the paintings, he discovered to his horror that they had been destroyed, shredded by nesting rats.

The Great Feather Heist
Elaborate Birdhouses Resembling Miniature Palaces Built in Ottoman-Era Turkey