I got what was left of a small rattlesnake out of a fire pump motor one time. Took the end off saw the rattle and had to step back and re-think my plan of attack, then I realized he was already dead. Was working third shift at the time, this happened about 0230, not sleepy for the rest of that shift!
Life is tough, Life is tougher when you are stupid
This was a baby, about 25-30" long. They get more like 4' and yes they will take down a full grown rat. That is why I was sorry to lose this one. I was just happy that I could save the start switch. These things can be hard to find for old motors. The GFCI saved it. It tripped before the motor got going. Luckily I looked before I just reset it and tried again.
A couple of years back a small frog got sucked into our then-new high pressure submersible well pump. It wrecked the turbine. Funny thing, it was a good 6 feet under the surface. We went onto town water and only use the well now for the garden, since cow**** indefinately infected the source with e-coli bugs. Still got the spares kit bits to repair it, [someday!], when the backup-pump finally fails, [if I'm still here!]