Thursday, November 19, 2009

Behold -- Mighty Mouse

(Sent to me by a dear friend; this made my day. Hope it puts a smile on your face as well).


BEHOLD -- MIGHTY MOUSE ! ! !
 
Seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the tiny rodent grabbed at  scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of  pouncing on the tiny intruder, the 2-year-old leopard Sheena kept her  distance.  After a few minutes she tried to nudge the mouse away with her  nose, but the determined little guy kept chewing away until he was full.



The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, England .  The 19-year-old, photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded by the mouse's behavior.

He said had no idea where the mouse came from.  He just appeared after the
keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. Taking no notice of the leopard, the mouse went straight over to the meat and started eating. 




Even when the leopard bent down and sniffed him, the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened. Even the keeper said he'd never seen anything like it before. 



Project owner Jackie James added: “It was so funny to see - Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. But the determined  little thing took no notice and just carried on.”  

The mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and showed the leopard who was boss.  We can only assume that Casey received a grade of A on his project!  



 

16 comments:

  1. It is extremely interesting for me to read that article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more soon.

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  2. That is so cute! I know if that leopard had been sniffing around on me I would have been scared to death!!

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  3. This is too cute. Mighty mouse in∂ee∂! This leopar∂ is a gentle giant.

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  4. That's priceless. And the leopard is so beautiful.

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  5. This is so sweet! I amazed that Sheena was so polite, after all that little mouse was just a mouthful to her- not even.

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  6. Oh that is just fabulous! Who would have thought he'd get away with it? One for the underdog.

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  7. Ok. That's just awesome. What a courageous little mouse!

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  8. That is fantastic - I had to tweet that!

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  9. Philosophically, when a fellow has to eat, a fellow has to eat.

    And that is one beautiful leopard. Thanks for the post.

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  10. I love these pictures! Thank you so much for sharing this story with us!

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  11. That mouse is too cute! The leopard's beautiful...

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  12. That is the neatest thing I have seen in a long time! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  13. What great photos and a great story. I think the leopard deserves props for not hurting the mouse too!

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