Not Even a Mouse

Striped Mouse 1

Striped Mouse 1

 

 

Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse

 

Striped Mouse 2

Striped Mouse 2

This minute little Four-Striped Grass Mouse was spotted by my friend S at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens last month.

Striped Mouse 3

Striped Mouse 3

Active during the day, he was scurrying about his business, not a care in the world.

Striped Mouse 4

Striped Mouse 4

You can see the stripes quite well in these two photos.

Striped Mouse 5

Striped Mouse 5

Even for a mouse, he was tiny, and very hard to spot in the undergrowth. We think maybe he was a teenager, not a baby, as he had his stripes, but there was still something babyish about his looks.

Striped Mouse 6

Striped Mouse 6

See how quickly you can spot him in the photo above!

 

34 thoughts on “Not Even a Mouse

  1. Joseph Nebus

    Aw, adorable.

    We’ve got mice who’ve settled in the garage, and we’re fine with them there. They’re mostly living under the woodpile, which is dwindling, so we have to judge just how fast to burn fires versus get them complaining we’re stealing their shelter.

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  2. pensitivity101

    What a sweetie! Mice don’t bother me and we had loads in the garden at the cottage as we backed onto fields. We had rats too, and they entered our garden at their peril. If Hubby saw one, they didn’t leave alive!

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      1. pensitivity101

        Likewise. As long as they stayed outside there were no problems. My Mum found one in her flour bin and I saw one toasting his toes on the pilot light of her gas cooker when I came in from a night out!

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      2. pensitivity101

        The flour got thrown out obviously, and Dad put poison down for the others. They were actually coming in from next door. When we lived in Lincolnshire, a friend had a serious rat problem despite having 5 cats and 3 dogs. One set up home in her new sofa! Glad to say rats in our garden were on the receiving end of Hubby’s air rifle, though we laid traps at the bottom by the sheds where Maggie couldn’t get to them. The first one we caught was huge. Mice I don’t mind. Rats…… no chance.

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  3. dizzylizzie72

    Neat, have never seen a mouse with stripes. Have lots of mice and rats here in the country. I often watch them scurry around the garden. They are actually quite cute little creatures.

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