Sunday, May 29, 2011

Teeny Baby Mouse

Macro Monday/My World Tuesday/Camera Critters
Hubber's found this little sweetie in the grass before he set about mowing the lawn. Not including tail length, this baby deer mouse is just over 1-1/2 inch long.

Newly out of the nest, he is not yet fearful of humans, so I picked him up and put him in a container, until the lawn had been mown.

When it was safe, I let him go, back near where he was found.
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The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), is grayish to light brown on top, with a white belly. It has large ears and a furry tail and has eyes that appear to “bug out.” The deer mouse is named for its colouration, which may resemble that of a white-tailed deer. The typical city-dwelling house mouse, is usually entirely grey or light brown (no white on the belly).


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46 comments:

Dimple said...

Good shots, Karen. And it is cute, but I hate mice, even deer mice. They invade my home and ruin food and clothing. Not a welcome visitor, at all!

Linda Makiej said...

so cute.... what a great shot you got!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Nice shots, Karen. We have little snakes in our pool about once a week. Hubby always scoops them out and let's them go in the alleyway. Except for a really big one (4-foot) in the flower bed a few weeks ago. And we live in the city.

Jane said...

The only things I am really afraid of are mice and rats. As in cannot go near one, even if utterly dead.

But I have never seen a deer mouse before and have to admit they look quite sweet and your photos, especially that first one, are wonderful!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

so cute, glad you found him before the lawn was mowed

joco said...

Hiya Karen,
What good pictures, and it looks ever so sweet. Much nicer than a house mouse.

EG Wow said...

So sweet looking...as long as it stays outside. :)

Woody said...

Awww, that first shot is amazing!

GrandmaK said...

Isn't he darling? Wonderful pics! Thank you for sharing! Cathy

Kala said...

He's precious. Glad to know you rescued him from the lawnmower!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

How precious is this!?!!


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Nikki . said...

Such a cute little mouse... enjoyed reading the post about him... glad he went back to the wild again...

Les... said...

what a beaut shot of a marvellous little creature, you captured its innocent vulnerability and I am so pleased you were able to release it safely after the lawn was mown, good work and a great result all round! *VBS*

Gattina said...

How cute ! and what a nice shot ! fortunately my cats were not around !

Anki said...

So very nice.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Karen that little mouse is adorable!!
Now it might be another case if I saw it scampering across the kitchen floor .. you would hear me screaming for sure girl ;-) but how silly is that? we are so much bigger yet the sight of a mouse scurrying sets my heart thumping. Yet son had hamsters when he was young and that didn't bother me .. I must be a bit mental?LOL .. in any case you got beautiful shots of this little sweetie !
Joy .. I haven't looked in the bag yet ! haha

Luna Miranda said...

so tiny! i have goosebumps while looking at this baby.:p terrific shots.

dona said...

Very nice shots, I also find him so lovely!
He's not comparable with our horrible dirty water rats... :(

Sylvia K said...

Oh, he is so adorable and I'm so glad you able to protect him until the mowing was done! Such delightful photos, Karen! I love them! I know you're not supposed to love mice, but I live on the fifth floor of a seven story apartment building and we're not bothered by mice. Hope you have a great week -- and the little guy, too!!

Sylvia

Spiderdama said...

Oh, so cute. And wonderful shots. Great work!

aka Penelope said...

Cute doesn’t even begin to describe this tiny creature. Babies are so adorable no matter what species in our world. Glad you took care that it didn’t get hurt. :)

Gary said...

Great save!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

awarewriter said...

Lovely series. The first image is perfection!

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos. I had never seen a baby mouse with this definition and the picture quality. Wonderful. Greetings.

fjällripan said...

So sweet! Great photos of this little mouse :) have a nice day!

Kay L. Davies said...

Definitely a sweet-looking little creature, but as soon as I read "deer mouse" I was reminded of a big scare in British Columbia in the 90s. I don't know what the status of the situation is now, but this is what was going on then, as reported in 2006:
www.cbc.ca/news/background/health/hantavirus.html

— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Very cute! We don't have deer mice in Australia, they look sweet.

Kim, USA said...

Wow you get this close to the mouse! Awesome!

SandyCarlson said...

What a cutie. We all have our place in this universe. God bless.

stardust said...

Babies always make us feel tender with their loveliness and potentials for future. I'm a bit sad some of them could be laboratory mouse though some of them also could be nuisance to humans. Thank you, Karen, for sharing this tiny adorable mouse.

MarieElizabeth said...

Just goes to show that almost all babies are beyond cute!

Meagan said...

so cute!

snowwhite said...

Karen, Thank you for posting such incredibly cute cute cute photos.
I was amazed with its size! Too small! The mouse is lovely but look fragile. Most delightful for the day! Have a wonderful day.

anemonen said...

Stunning shots everyone! Love them.

Marites said...

too cute! and gee, those are really good shots considering a mouse can really move fast. I hope it'll live well.

Victoria said...

While I certainly do NOT want a mouse in the house... this little guy is absolutely adorable. (maybe this species does not come in the house at all) Your photos of him are marvelous!

Thanks for adding yourself as a follower on my blog... I'm about to return the favor although I have to confess to being somewhat sporadic about popping in and commenting! (I get lost in other's blogs quite frequently and suddenly, 20 minutes or more have passed and I realize I've been drooling over lovely images and haven't left one comment!)

forgetmenot said...

Mouse or not, he's still pretty cute--great photos. Mickie :)

Reader Wil said...

What a sweet little thing! And your photos are brilliant!

Amila said...

Cute one!

Inger-M said...

He's cute, even if he's a mouse .-)

Powell River Books said...

What a lucky little critter to meet up with you before the mower passed by. - Margy

Arija said...

Karen, what a sweetie. The smallest mouse, and a marsupial at that, that I have ever seen was an Australian hopping mouse on our verandah at our mountain home.

Great photos and a sweet rescue story as well.

NatureFootstep said...

a sweet little one.

Henrietta said...

That one is so cute in photograph, but I would be most certain very scary if I would see it in my yard:)

Stephany said...

Great shots, Karen! They're cute as can be but drive me nuts trying to keep them out of my basement.

Halcyon said...

Oh my... that is one cute critter!