Mice in Blades of Grass I have a bunny named Aircraft Carrier. Dormouse is rehomed in a coconut shell By Nick Enoch Updated: 10:34 GMT, 15 February 2012 There's a good chance this dormouse has been dreaming of sipping Malibu and Coke through a tiny straw on a tropical beach... because his new home is a coconut shell. The adorable creature was rehomed after he was seen scuttling across the floor of a tea shop in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Perhaps he wanted a nice cuppa, just like the cute critter in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. He was scooped up by a visitor and taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Highbridge in Somerset, where he promptly went into hibernation. The furry critter was rehomed in a coconut shell after being found in a cafe in Lyme Regis, Dorset last year He was scooped up by a visitor and taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Highbridge in Somerset, where he promptly went into hibernation Charity founder Pauline Kidner said the mouse occasionally woke briefly for a catkin flower snack before nodding off again.
Cat-Sized Rats on the Prowl in the Florida Keys Cat-Sized rats have been showing their whiskers in the Florida Keys. These gigantic rodents are called Gambian giant pouch rats and their rate of reproduction has allowed them to overcome efforts to eradicate the creatures for the past four years. They can produce 20 offspring within nine months. One concern of officials in Miami is that this species could migrate to the mainland and destroy valuable crops. Scott Hardin, the Exotic Species Coordinator for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said that they “thought we had them whipped as of 2009…. In the early part of 2011, a resident e-mailed me and said he saw one of the rats. Gambian giant pouch rats are from Africa and can grow up to nine pounds making them the largest rat in the world. (image) One thing Floridians have on their side is the fact that the southern tip of Florida has a growing population of giant pythons that are likely to dine on the rats. Would you want one of these creatures as a pet?
Love Everybody, Even The Squirrelly Ones Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house. When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse’s aide: her pregnant Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle. Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel’s cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth. Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began. Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates. Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups. Related Biker Squirrel From Hell In "Funny Stuff"
An Unexpected, But Adorable, Rescue of a Baby Squirrel A family was enjoying an afternoon outside when they happened upon a tiny baby squirrel in their back yard. Its tail was wet and it absolutely refused to move from its spot. He was pearched precariously on top of rocks near a small stream - a strange spot for a baby squirrel to favor. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the squirrel wasn't alone! His baby brother was stuck between the rocks he was sitting on. Slowly, and very carefully, they moved the rocks away from the soaking wet, nearly drowning brother of the squirrel that was refusing to move, frightened out of his mind. Seeing how cold, wet and desperate the little guy was is absolutely heartbreaking! Thankfully, he started to perk right up as soon as he was dried off. :) And thanks to the kindness of strangers, these two baby squirrels were reunited!
Purple squirrel captured in Pennsylvania A couple in Pennsylvania trapped a purple squirrel on Sunday, Feb. 5, but experts aren’t certain what’s behind the critter’s colorful coat. Percy and Connie Emert of Jersey Shore, Pa., caught the brightly colored rodent when trying to keep squirrels away from their bird feeders. Connie said she had seen the animal on her property before but no one believed her. "I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. 'Oh sure you did' he kept telling me. Well, he checked the trap around noon on Sunday and sure enough, there it was,” she told Accuweather.com. The Emerts kept the squirrel in a large cage for a couple of days, feeding him peanuts, but they released him back into the wild on Tuesday. Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said that the squirrel could have fallen into a Porta-potty. Ink from toner cartridges was the theory behind a purple squirrel named Pete that was seen in the U.K. in 2008.
Tiny Mouse Climbing a Dandelion We've met the cutest kitten in the world and her equally adorable partner in crime, but this tiny harvest mouse on a dandelion rivals their cuteness! The photographer behind these pictures that just make you want to go "aww" is Matt Binstead, the head keeper of the British Wildlife Centre. Binstead, who only began snapping shots of the animals he works with in Summer 2009, says, "It was lovely to get these shots of the mouse in its element. I saw it on the stem and just waited for it to climb all the way to the top." Matt Binstead on FlickrMatt Binstead on 500px via [Enpundit, Matt's Photos, Daily Mail]