Its possible that the basket decaed I guess. I have given up on collecting my rats and toads now and released them all for more purposeful endeavours. Another weird thing happened though... the leather I had collected turned itself into a 'hird cape' which I can't wear because I am not part of the 'hird.' Did someone really sneak into myhouse and take nothing except to work my leather into this weird cape?
Good humour always leaves someone crying.