Man builds miniature village for mice in his yard

The mettle of a person can be seen by how they treat animals that nobody thinks about. Some people even try to kill animals that simply annoy them—like mice and squirrels.  But here is a rodentophile with extra heart, as described on the site Inner Strength. The article describes the handiwork of wildlife photographer Simon Dell, who found mice in his garden. His affection for the rodents mushroomed into a project: a full-blown Mouse Village.

This man loves his mice as much as I love my ducks. Look at that multicourse spread!

Here’s a video. The voice is robotic and probably computer generated, but it’s still a good story.

 

h/t: Casey

30 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Terrific.

  2. nwalsh
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    AWW

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted December 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      + 1

  3. YF
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    There is indeed a fine line between pets and pests..

  4. Christopher
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Cue Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World”…

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t say if it was heated in winter.

    • Rupinder Sayal
      Posted December 3, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

      HAHAHA!! Good one!

  6. Don Mackay
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what the carrying capacity of this little eco-community is, and how might it be maintained? Maybe there should be a cat-house addition to this delightful scene to ensure its continued existence.

    • Posted December 5, 2018 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

      I was just thinking that it is very fine and dandy to have a mouse commune in your backyard, but I hope that all his neighbors are cat people.

  7. Posted December 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I must learn to embrace voles. After years of feeding on seeds fallen from the birdfeeders, they had grown to the size of rats!

    • Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      Are you sure they were NOT rats?! 😉

      • Posted December 5, 2018 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        Well, I thought some could have been, but then I read that voles can get as big as rats! Yikes! The critters big and small in my garden were very well fed, on purpose or by happenstance, as I used to put out kibble for the feral cats too.

  8. BJ
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    So cute! Better keep a close eye on them, though. Now that they’ve reached this stage, industrialization might be next, which could lead to war with the Catsis Powers.

  9. Julie Sandefur
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful man. You can tell a lot about him by the way he treats those weaker than himself. Wish we could all be like that.

  10. CAS
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Cute! We have a family of shrews living under our shed. Unfortunately, they are very skittish and normally only come out at night to collect their seeds and nuts, so I only get glimpses and can’t get pictures. I find it amazing that these tiny animals survive our -30 Fahrenheit winters!

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted December 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      Do shrews eat seeds and nuts? I thought they ate insects, grubs and other small fry, even small mammals and reptiles.

  11. Barry Lyons
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    As soon as I saw the headline to this post I thought, “The measure of a person is how he treats animals” — and then I read the first line, which pretty much mirrors my sentiment!

    Of course, many of us eat animals, so I don’t know how far my sentiment can be extended.

    • Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      Ah – good point….

    • David Coxill
      Posted December 4, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Don’t some animals eat other animals?

  12. Rupinder Sayal
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    “The mettle of a person can be seen by how they treat animals that nobody thinks about. Some people even try to kill animals that simply annoy them—like mice and squirrels.”

    This is so, so true.
    Thanks for posting this amazing, inspiring story!

  13. Rupinder Sayal
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    “The mettle of a person can be seen by how they treat animals that nobody thinks about. Some people even try to kill animals that simply annoy them—like mice and squirrels.”

    This is so, so true!

    Thanks for posting this amazing, inspiring story!

  14. Posted December 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I hope his neighbors don’t have cats.

  15. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    This is so wonderful. I’ve been despairing of humanity recently, and this video helps me remember there are more than a few good people out there too.

  16. Posted December 3, 2018 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    A much-needed heartwarming story, thanks for sharing it.

  17. pablo
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    It won’t be so cute when he picks up a hanta virus.

  18. Doug
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    There will always be an England.

  19. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Simon Dell’s mouse project isn’t quite on the scale suggested by the media. I’ve put a picture below that suggests we are talking about one cute Hobbit-style dwelling, a pile of logs & a gravel frontage – total space no more than two square ft, though the mini shovel is a cute addition. Simon collects woodland seeds, nuts etc on his walks & then stages these photo-shoots. I’m sure his neighbours have been told the truth – no need to hire a Yorkshire version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin ! 🙂

  20. Matthew North
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Man builds miniature village for mice in his yard…

    Man then dies of hantavirus..

    Merry Christmas. Oh wait.., I’m a Lefty, I have to keep up The War on Christmas.

    Happy Holidays!

  21. Posted December 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    This is very cute! Well worth looking at! :P) ❤

  22. Laurance
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had a problem with mice in my house (although so far I haven’t seen mouse poop around this year). I’m wondering if a mouse village of this sort would give the mice a nice place to live other than in my house.


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