2013 is the Chinese year of the Snake
If cornered a Grass snake will hiss and rear back as if to strike. If that doesn’t work it will coil up and roll over onto it’s back with its mouth open feigning death… It may also make a big smell at this point.
As there are no Grass Snakes on the menu this technique seems to works brilliantly.
Here’s hoping that any strategies you have for the coming year, however unorthodox, work equally as well.