October 12, 2021 at 10:12 pm #1479938ValentineKeymaster
These amazing pictures show a tiny harvest mouse drinking from a garden tap.
The picture was taken by business owner, James Gregory, 38, of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, at his friends’ private harvest mouse workshop near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.
He said: ‘At the moment of capturing this photo, I was just engrossed in watching the tiny harvest mouse and how it uses its tail to climb up plants and shrubs.
Photographer James Gregory caught the ‘perfect moment’ that the mouse looked up, just as the tap dripped
Weighing less than a 2 pence coin, the harvest mouse is the UK’s smallest rodent and its only mammal that builds a nest of woven grass above ground
‘The harvest mouse was climbing around on the plant stem, and as it looked up at the right time the tap dripped, and I managed to catch the perfect moment.
‘I started my amateur photography journey throughout the lockdowns and have since been fortunate enough to travel around the UK photographing numerous animals in the wild.
‘I didn’t expect it would reach up to the tap how it did, and I’m delighted how the image came out.’
Weighing less than a 2 pence coin, the harvest mouse is the UK’s smallest rodent and its only mammal that builds nests of woven grass above ground.
It is found throughout Europe, Russia and parts of east Asia – such as China, Korea and Japan.
They are nocturnal creatures who are most active in the day during summer months. Males will typically cover a territory of around 400 square metres. They are social animals and live among other species of mice with overlapping territories.
Harvest mice use their long, winding tails as a fifth limb to grip plant stalks while climbing and they are also successful foragers.
They do not hibernate, but instead sleep for long periods in their nests before looking for food.
Breeding mice will build a nest 30cm above ground in short grasses but sometimes as high as a metre in tall reeds. Males and females come together only to breed, after which the female will chase the male away.
Litters of between three and eight pups are born blind and naked, but quickly reach maturity in 15 days when they become independent. They are able to begin mating at just 35 days old.
Mr Gregory, of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, added that he was ‘engrossed’ watching the mouse as it climbed the plants and shrubs
According to the Young People’s Trust for the Environment, the mouse eats buds on bushes, new grass shoots and nectar from flowers.
‘Seeds from crops are mainly eaten during the summer but insects such as wheatfly aphids, blackfly, grasshoppers, moths and caterpillars are also relished.
‘Blackberries and rosehips are enjoyed in the autumn.’
Despite this, the little rodents often die of cold during the winter and they have an average lifespan of just 15 to 18 months.
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