mouse escapes after playing dead MG 2980

mouse escapes after playing dead    MG 2980
2007-04-04 19:40:32
now that spaceghost has given it up for dead and begun eating from her food bowl, the mouse has flipped over and is scampering to safety behind the food container.

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.



copyright © 2007 sean dreilinger


follow me! FB / twitter / G+

Comments:

sean dreilinger: the mouse flips onto its back and plays dead:


spaceghost sniffs and prods the corpse:


spaceghost resume eating while the mouse flips back onto its feet (big photo above) and squeezes behind the food container (below)
Herodias in Space!: Did he get away? I'm rooting for the mouse!
sean dreilinger: this particular mouse is still at-large in our house. when i went to bed last night (48 hours after the photos above were made), our two cats were patiently sitting by the fridge; presumably the little mouse is hiding under the fridge.
sean dreilinger: the mouse went free in the front yard, i gave it a pretty good headstart before the cats made it outside. good luck!
bangag: wise mouse :D

Sets

cat dragged in...

EXIF Image Parameters

  • Compression: JPEG (old-style)
  • Make: Canon
  • Model: Canon EOS 20D
  • Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
  • Date and Time (Modified): 2007:04:04 19:40:32
  • White Point: 0.313 0.329
  • YCb Cr Coefficients: 0.299 0.587 0.114
  • Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • Exposure Program: Program AE
  • ISO Speed: 800
  • Components Configuration: Y, Cb, Cr, -
  • Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
  • Metering Mode: Multi-segment
  • Flash: On, Fired
  • Focal Length: 120 mm
  • Color Space: Uncalibrated
  • Exposure Mode: Auto
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Interop Index: R03 - DCF option file (Adobe RGB)

Visit this image on flickr.
Usage terms: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.