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Fri Mar 19, 2021, 08:45 PM

After replacing my laptop mouse Wednesday, and announcing it on DU this morning, I went

for a walk in the woods and found this dead mouse, up a tree around noon today. Looks like he got his head caught between 2 branches and froze to death.

The concidence of a mouse, and a mouse, both on the same day has me a little spooked. If you can explain such coincidences it would be appreciated.


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Reply After replacing my laptop mouse Wednesday, and announcing it on DU this morning, I went (Original post)
bucolic_frolic Mar 19 OP
OAITW r.2.0 Mar 19 #1
Lunabell Mar 19 #2
bucolic_frolic Mar 19 #4
bucolic_frolic Mar 19 #5
magicarpet Mar 19 #3
CaptainTruth Mar 19 #6
bucolic_frolic Mar 19 #7
2naSalit Mar 19 #8
bucolic_frolic Mar 20 #9
2naSalit Mar 20 #10
FSogol Apr 5 #11
bucolic_frolic Apr 5 #12

Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 08:48 PM

1. Synchronicity.

It happens.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 08:59 PM

2. I think that's a rat.

Looks too big to be a mouse.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 09:05 PM

4. That branch is about 1" diameter, cedar tree

sure looked like a mouse to me, coloring of a field mouse. I'll take another look tomorrow.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 09:32 PM

5. He may be bloated, I don't know how long he's been there

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 09:02 PM

3. Yes,... Mother Nature keeping the accounting books balanced,...


Give a mouse (credit)... take a mouse (debit).

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 10:31 PM

6. That's like when I put new tires on my car, and afterward...

...I was tired.


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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 10:47 PM

7. Yes that is true

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 11:00 PM

8. Perhaps some scavenger will come along...

and make use of the poor thing.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 11:09 AM

9. Yes, that's what happened, he's gone this morning

and looking at the size and photos, I think one of the earlier replies was correct, a young tree rat not a mouse.

I'm on a roll. What's next? On to something bigger? Tomorrow is the demise of the Very Big Rat?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 01:24 PM

10. Well...

You just never know until it happens.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Mon Apr 5, 2021, 02:09 PM

11. Have you ever heard of a bird called a shrike?


The tiny vicious killer of the bird world: Shrike impales its victims on a SPIKE. Don't be fooled by its adorable appearance a tiny bird called the shrike is known to be a ruthless killer. The small bird preys on mice, lizards, and other birds, and it impales its catch on the nearest spike before tearing into it.


I saw them at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Its a research center for endangered species in Front Royal.
They spike up prey and save them for later. They had a spike tree on display full of their bird's future meals.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 5, 2021, 02:15 PM

12. I could readily entertain the idea that I've seen them around here, or something very similar

Because we get everything.

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