Recently I got the opportunity to photograph a few fancy mice, and I just have to share the cuteness here on the blog. I had rats or mice as pets for more than a decade before getting my current cats, and I dearly loved them; in fact, I’d still have rodent pets if it weren’t for their horribly short lifespans 1.
Editor’s note: I’ll try to add commentary throughout these pictures, but I should probably just say “SQUEEE!” after each picture, because that’s what I’m really doing inside when I see these.
Mice are incredibly fun to watch, especially in large groups. They’re always exploring the boundaries of their cages:
or poking their noses out of tubes:
or grooming themselves:
or burrowing in the bedding:
and then poking their heads out of bedding (which in these pictures is Carefresh, made from recycled wood pulp):
Rats and mice are one of a small subset of vertebrates who eat by bringing their food to their mouth (like humans), rather than bringing their mouth to their food. I was exceptionally happy to capture a few closeups of mouse paws, highlighting just how human-like they are:
And here’s another one, where the mouse looks like he’s tapping his fingers together and chuckling (think: Brain plotting to take over the world):
And, continuing in the extreme-closeup vein, here’s a tightly cropped view of a mouse face (full image is here), showing clearly that mice actually have eyelashes:
But that’s enough closeups; let’s wrap up with a couple of my favorite shots. This mouse is perfectly demonstrating the hesitant-exploration strategy of mice:
And I absolutely have to close with a wink:
1 Rats and mice have individual personalities. Rats especially grow very attached to specific humans, and love to interact with us. But they live only a couple of years, and losing them was always devastating. Imagine losing your dog or cat after only two, or at most three, years; it’s horrible.