The unbelievable tenacity of mice

This is part II of our one-day series on rodents tenacious in search of noms.

The mouse won’t leave without that cracker (or whatever it is; some Russian-speaker please translate).

via: Jezebel

19 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    That was hilarious AND cute! You can’t blame the little guy, that cracker is as big as he is! He probably ate it all over a week!

    I found out it was a mouse or mice making a nest in my car’s air intake, heater box, etc. So far things seem to be okay since I last got it cleaned out & I’m hoping the mouse is getting sick of his home disappearing completely sometimes & other times being there but without all the leaves he dragged in!

    • jesse
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      Hilarious video. Ain’t nature grand.
      Diana, I just had yet another mouse-damage bill for car repair this week… $149 for chewing of wires to air bags and automatic braking system. Good luck with your car!

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        Yikes. I think mice find better places to live for me as I’ve never had much trouble with them.

      • allenmacneill
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        A chipmunk did over $1,000 worth of damage to my minivan last fall. It chewed through the wires in the wiring harness for the engine compartment, shorting some out and damaging some of the engine parts. The entire wiring harness had to be replaced, along with some of the electrical gadgets in the engine. At least it didn’t run up my leg (inside the pant leg) the way a white-footed mouse did years ago when I turned on the heater. You never saw anybody move so fast…

        • Diane G.
          Posted November 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

          I’m so sorry, I’m really laughing at that last anecdote! :D

  2. Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Печенька is Russian for cookie. Admirable little mouse!

  3. Posted November 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Then there’s the ingratiating ingenuity of rats…

  4. mordacious1
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    That reminds me, I need to buy some *cough* snacks…

  5. Lianne Byram
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I was routing for the little guy :)

  6. Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m left wondering: was that mouse wild or a pet?

    b&

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:31 am | Permalink

      Looked pretty livid to me.

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

        I dunno…seemed a bit ashen for lividity….

        b&

  7. Diane G.
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    That was so cute!

  8. Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Now if he had the brain of a crow (sans wings), he’d have chewed the thing in half and made two trips, or rig up an elaborate pulley system in no time flat. :)

    But what a determined and strong little thing! Where there’s a will, there’s a way, eh?! And what a good idea to set up a camera to spy on the little fella.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      I liked how he hoped up & got a different perspective and after that was able to get the cracker up.

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        Yes, me too. That was a very surprising bit, quite clever or very good happenstance. I’d love to see if s/he ever repeated this newly discovered technique!

  9. Marella
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    That was hilarious!

  10. Dominic
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Was just reading about ‘lumidust’ a new invention that enables you to track a mouse to its entry hole & block it. They are such creatures of habit that they follow familiar routes…

    http://www.lumidust.co.uk/

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

      Hmmm, sounds an interesting idea. While the site opens in another tab, I’m thinking about fluorescent powders such as are routinely used for magnetic particle (non-destructive) inspection etc. Which begs the question of how, once you’ve got rid of your rodent, you then get rid of the MPI powder? Cause that stuff gets everywhere! We had the NDT-ers doing pipe on the racks behind our logging unit’s air intake one time and we were seeing the powder in our fluorescence tests for months afterwards.
      Their price : GBP20 for 100g ; Random web dealer $73 for 10lb. That’s $73 for 45x100g. Or $1.62/ 100g. I don’t know what the exact GBP to dollar rate at the moment is, but I think I can see a healthy profit margin in there, even if they do have to split the buckets and provide lots of packaging.


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