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The Little Field Mouse

Updated on July 6, 2012

In The Above Video...

In the video above, I taped this awesome little field mouse that I caught.

This is a field mouse, and I caught it outside the house. I can't kill animals, because of the fact that it is living for its own purpose, so instead I captured it in a plastic container with a vent on top and fed it four strings of cheese and a piece of orange.

When I first gave the little thing food and water, it gobbled all of it up within a few minutes, but luckily it was still hungry when I captured the video.


Sophistication

This mouse, when I watched it for every second that it ate and drank, acted with sophistication. Well, I don't know if I can really use that word, but when I gave it water. The first things it was doing, were cleaning its hands and face. After that, it felt it was time to drink the water. I wish I could show you but I don't have the video of it.


Field Mice Cannot Be Pets

Field Mice cannot be pets because they are born as wild, non-domesticated creatures. It is not like in the pet stores where they give them different immunity and disease-preventing shots, so that humans don't die from them. They are wild, cute or not.

Mice will eat anything that they can find when they are hungry. Even though their itty-bitty eyes, and short, fluffy fur will hypnotize you into thinking they are harmless, they will bite you if they desperate enough for a meal.

Bites from wild animals cause infections or life-threatening illnesses that usually require professional medical attention (possibly hospitalization).


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Instincts for Survival

Field Mice, just like any other wild creatures, are born with natural instincts for survival. When they are hungry, they naturally know when and where they need to look for food. When they are scared, they either dig holes, or hide until they feel safe enough to come out.

Natural instincts are just methods and techniques that animals use and have in order to survive out in the wild.


What Happened to the Mouse Afterwards?

I kept the mouse in the bathtub for the entire night. Since we were going to the city early the next day, I decided I was going to take the mouse to the pet shop and see what they were going to do with it. Instead, I and my sister let the mouse go in a large field with some food.

I feel guilty for taking the mouse away from its familiar home, but it was just way too unsanitary, and I tried to remember that they are born with wild-animal instincts.


Summary

Yes, Field Mice are cute, but they may prove harmful or fatal if not dealt with carefully, just as any other wild creature or animal. I fed the one above out of guilt and set it free into the wild again so it may be where it belongs. At least I know now that I didn't take it to a pet shop to be forcefully eaten. It will die naturally, but if it is still alive... here's to the field mice.


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    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. so clever to create a good report from a true interesting story

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      really? I thought they sold them only as food. I mean I know they get shots and such but I didn't know they were domesticated as well. Thanks, interesting clarification. Thank you.

      I have seen many studies of where the mice may even be smarter than humans because they use their senses so dynamically....

      Have a great day. Thank you again for the 'FYI'! Take care.

      Brandon

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      Theophanes 5 years ago from New England

      Just FYI there actually is a domestic strain of field mice. I am not sure if they were originally used in laboratories as most rodents or were strictly a pet trade thing. Last I knew breeders were striving to make black ones but this was fifteen or so years ago. I imagine if there's still people working on them there is probably more variety. That being said its very hard to find these little buggars who I am sure have been bred to be disease free and tested at some point in their ancestry.

      Also its not their bite that is particularly deadly its their urine... Dried urine swept into the air is what causes haunta virus - the deadliest of the field mice diseases. There is a strain of haunta virus that they are finding now that doesn't cause respiratory attack and a fairly quick death but instead sets up your liver up for various chronic diseases and health problems 30, 40 years down the line. Researchers have found a large population of liver patients had come in contact with the disease at some point and almost all of them don't know when or how because as I said you don't even have to know a mouse is there to get it.

      All that being said field mice are remarkable little animals and should be treated with the same respect you'd give a squirrel or any other wildlife. They're quick, feisty, intelligent, and an important part of the ecosystem. All we as humans have to do is admire them from a distance and make sure they don't take root in our homes (I just evicted a mama and three babes from my house this Spring - I was a bit surprised, expecting to see the usual house mice in my trap!) Good article. Voted up.