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Laura Corin

A country mouse story

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Aw, little mousie must've been so scared!

 
I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion,
          Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
          An’ fellow-mortal!
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Tell me you aren't the one with the pink sock calmly taking a photo while the mouse is that close to you! 😯

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When we lived in the UK, there was a river right in front of our house and about 40 acres of farmland behind it. In the fall the field mice would flee the combine harvester and often end up in the house. I was surprised by how cute they were compared to the big gray house mice I was used to in the US! We used to trap them and take them over the river and release them into a different field. Then we took in a pregnant feral cat, and we had far fewer mice in the house. Once we managed to rescue a young field mouse from one of the cats, who had taken a bite out of its ear. We released it on the other side of the river and about a week later the cat brought the same exact mouse back! We ended up driving him a few miles away before releasing him again.

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9 minutes ago, wintermom said:

Tell me you aren't the one with the pink sock calmly taking a photo while the mouse is that close to you! 😯

Yup, that's me.

7 minutes ago, ashfern said:

I'm impressed that y'all caught that thing in a drinking glass!

He didn't seem afraid. At one point he ran between my feet.

5 minutes ago, Corraleno said:

When we lived in the UK, there was a river right in front of our house and about 40 acres of farmland behind it. In the fall the field mice would flee the combine harvester and often end up in the house. I was surprised by how cute they were compared to the big gray house mice I was used to in the US! We used to trap them and take them over the river and release them into a different field. Then we took in a pregnant feral cat, and we had far fewer mice in the house. Once we managed to rescue a young field mouse from one of the cats, who had taken a bite out of its ear. We released it on the other side of the river and about a week later the cat brought the same exact mouse back! We ended up driving him a few miles away before releasing him again.

Yes, he's a field mouse escaping the first frosts. I relocated him a couple of miles away.

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So sweet!!! Good for you for safely relocating him! ❤️

I've found that the mice I've relocated have different personalities. Some are more skittish and some seem calmer and even very curious!

He looks like a bit of a chonk! 😄

 

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Thank you for relocating him!!  I've had several field mice come inside when I lived in southern california.  The one that stayed the longest (several months, I think) was named Napolean.

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28 minutes ago, MercyA said:

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He looks like a bit of a chonk! 😄

 

He should be after demolishing that big bag of rice in the cupboard.

I hope he didn't chew the dishwasher pipes. We've had three floods due to mice. The piping is now wrapped in wire wool to discourage chewing.

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I’m sorry, but that is precious.  

Yes, he’s a pest, yes they cause damage, and yes, you’re pretty great for not smashing him to death.   

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Laura Corin - you are so brave! You are my hero.

My first attempt a catch and release of a wee mouse coming in from the cold, I accidentally killed it when I tried to shoo it out of the box I caught him in. We had just moved into the neighbourhood, and here I am killing a mouse on our front drive-way. 🙄 Big oops.

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Just adorable!  I saw one like that in our garage last evening.  Given that the cat was playing with it, it did not have such a good end.  It was so cute, like yours=(

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It's like you just wrote a children's book!  So sweet!  Your karma just improved 10 fold on this catch and release.  Little mousie thanks you!  😍

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I passionately detest mice. I hate them so much my children google “mouse picture” and send them to me. Hate hate hate.

We had a mouse invasion a few years ago. DH set multiple traps, most of which didn’t work.  One morning I reached into the sink water where dishes had soaked overnight and pulled out a drowned mouse in my hand. I was so horrified I completely passed out. I truly hate mice.

We got a cat the next day. Since then we’ve had no more mice, though he doesn’t seem to catch any. Hopefully they are as terrified of my house now as I am of them.

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Laura,

You are totally my hero. I would have been shrieking loudly and standing on the counter tops if I had seen a mouse in the house and yet you captured the mouse and story beautifully. He looks adorable by the way and will be so happy in his new home. Good for you. Making the world a kinder, gentler place one mousey at a time😁

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I hate mice too. I live in the country and I have a cat.  The first night we had the cat she was playing with a mouse in our bedroom! I had not seen any sign of a mouse so I guess it was just a big unhappy coincidence for that poor little mouse.  No sign of mice since then......but I am constantly on high alert for any sign on my counters or in my drawers.  Dh built me the cutest little cover for the drawer that holds our silverware. Mouse proof. 

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Aww!  So darling—but also so destructive !

Here’s Doogie my country mouse after live catch and release.   Mine was cute, but I think yours even cuter! 

 

 

I think I didn’t get her far enough away from home and that she may have been a pregnant female...    so next part of story is ongoing... 

 

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Our dishwasher hasn't been washing well the last two days. I fear it is leaking behind and that Mousie had a good chew before eviction. Damn.

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3 hours ago, Laura Corin said:

Our dishwasher hasn't been washing well the last two days. I fear it is leaking behind and that Mousie had a good chew before eviction. Damn.

 Oh no.  🤕

That (and potentially carrying illness or carrying additional creatures who do) is surely a problem with mice.

My mouse’s progeny, friends and relations damaged our furnace.  

 

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I hope it isn’t leaking not just for itself but also because of additional damage that can do to wood, or causing mold or rust.

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Is there something they seek in the dishwasher? 

Ours seem to seek warmth of furnace and stove. 

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5 hours ago, Pen said:

Is there something they seek in the dishwasher? 

Ours seem to seek warmth of furnace and stove. 

As far as we can tell, they like to wear down their teeth by chewing on the ridged pipes 

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4 hours ago, Laura Corin said:

As far as we can tell, they like to wear down their teeth by chewing on the ridged pipes 

 

Akk!  

 

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22 minutes ago, Pen said:

 

Akk! 

Indeed.  We actually wrapped the pipe in wire wool last time this happened to discourage them, but presumably they got around it.  Husband has checked and it's soaking back there.

Strange wildlife behaviour.  When we lived in China, a tiny cockroach made its way onto the motherboard of our dishwasher and fried it.

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14 minutes ago, Laura Corin said:

Indeed.  We actually wrapped the pipe in wire wool last time this happened to discourage them, but presumably they got around it.  Husband has checked and it's soaking back there.

Strange wildlife behaviour.  When we lived in China, a tiny cockroach made its way onto the motherboard of our dishwasher and fried it.

 

I wonder if dishwasher destruction by wildlife is common. 

I know bugs get into smoke detectors and make the go off fairly often.  

What are the pipes the mice chew on made of?

 

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10 minutes ago, Pen said:

 

I wonder if dishwasher destruction by wildlife is common. 

I know bugs get into smoke detectors and make the go off fairly often.  

What are the pipes the mice chew on made of?

 

Google says it's not unknown. The pipes are quite hard concertina plastic. They have to be flexible but we are looking into options.

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11 minutes ago, Laura Corin said:

Google says it's not unknown. The pipes are quite hard concertina plastic. They have to be flexible but we are looking into options.

 

Our clothes washer has flexible metal hosing - maybe something like that exists for dW where you are? 

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