cornered mouse fighting our cat spaceghost MG 2971

cornered mouse fighting our cat spaceghost    MG 2971
2007-04-04 19:35:26
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excerpt from the wikipedia entry for Mouse:

Although they may live up to two years in the lab, the average mouse in the wild lives only about 3 months, primarily due to heavy predation. Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and even certain kinds of insects have been known to prey heavily upon mice. Nevertheless, due to its incredible adaptability to almost any environment, and its ability to live commensally with humans, the mouse is regarded to be the third most successful mammalian species living on Earth today, after humans and the rat.

Mice can be harmful pests, damaging and eating crops and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In the Western United States, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse feces has been linked to the deadly hantavirus. The original motivation for the domestication of cats is thought to have been for their predation of mice and their relatives, the rats.

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Comments: poor mouse, i wasn't there to rescue him!
hollibobolli: Um, yes - we had an evil mouse who came to visit us. I was all for being nice and getting some humane traps. Until it crawled into our bed, crapped on my daughter's baby blanket and SHAT in cinderella's slipper. Then it got into my favorite pair of UGG's and built a nest.

We bought like a zillion wooden traps and set the place off like a wooden bomb.

So what happened next?

This is a great picture? Although I still feel bad for the picture.
hollibobolli: - you obviously haven't had a mouse crawl over your face while you were sleeping and poop on a lovey!!! (baby blanket). that is when mice become devo mice.
Herodias in Space!: Poor wee creature! Look at it: no place to go, little teeth bared, and fighting for its life. It's a little scrapper alright.
thrillscience: Much as I like all little furry creatures (and feathery ones, too), I'd love to see my cats hunt actual prey instead of cat toys just once…
cayoyin: WOWW!! Perfect catch
broadsurf: Sean, I think it is such a good picture, I used it on my website under the creative commons label. You can see it here

The page does quite well in terms of hits. Type “domestic cat hunting” into Google and see where it comes up.

brief jewel: man if i were that mouse i would have bitten off his claws!
Yll~: superrrr
marhawkman: You guys need to teach your cats to eat what they catch. how do we teach them that? i must know!!
marhawkman: Well… I've not gotten a chance to experiment with it myself. My grandpa said it was best done by feeding them dead mice. Kitty give you mouse, you put mousie in cat's food bowl.

then again his cats lived in the barn.
kuchinskas: no matter how you feel about mice (and I think it depends on whether or not you've experienced an infestation -- this is an amazing photo.
bama spirit: i'm pulling for the cat all the way!!
lena.m: brave mouse!
sirmortimer: What a capture…, I'm an admin for a group called Cats & Mice, and we'd love to have this added to the group! It's a war crime! See it on Your Cat is a Criminal!
glopat2009: natural behaviour, born hunter, but that doesnt answer why pussy cats play with mice before they kill them.
Nirava // is Ready for Miracles: Goodness, Goodness!
I love Cats!
but lookie at this Mousie-Mousie the Brave:
did you save the Brave Mousie,
or let it die?!
Nirava // is Ready for Miracles: Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Honor Society of Profound SophiCats, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
sean dreilinger: Nirava, Rachel confiscates a lot of mice from the cats and returns them to the woods outside:
who needs the pied piper when you've got rachel? - _MG_0992

rachel the human(e) mousetrap - _MG_8417

our mousetrap is so humane, its human! - _MG_8420

rachel, the pied piper of spanish bay court - _MG_1741
The Birmingham Writer: I don't care for cats. I can't say I love mice either, so I guess here I am a neutral!


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