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Friday, 4 June 2021

Catch Me If You Can

A short video from the infra-red camera last night.

It reminds me of a series of sketches from the British TV comedy show Little Britain. They showed a wheelchair user who would get up and do the pole vault in an athletics stadium, or dive into a swimming pool and do a couple of quick lengths whilst his carer wasn’t watching. I believe wheelchair users loved it.

I think this mouse must have been watching that. Black Kitty hasn’t a clue. 

The hedgehogs are back, too (emerges from behind the plant pot half way through).


 

23 comments:

  1. F must be as blind as kitty - hasn't seen the mouse either. Did see the hedgehog (and a few moths). We wish we had put a camera like that in our backyard (although where we lived it was just as likely to catch oiks in low-hanging sweat pants clambering over fences as a hedgehog snuffling along the bottom of one).

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    1. They're not moths, Tigger. It's a mouse!

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    2. See it better if you go full screen and use the tools to play at quarter speed.

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  2. I loved "Little Britain," though I think some of the humor has recently been deemed politically incorrect. I wish we had hedgehogs in our garden, but I've never seen one.

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    1. We weren't sure whether the hedgehogs were still around, but second night with the camera, one appears.

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  3. Who needs Chris Packham when we have Tasker's Summerwatch

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    1. Yes - see it better if you go full screen and use the tools to play at quarter speed.

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  5. How cool to see a hedgehog.

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    1. Seemingly not every night. The camera didn't spot any last night.

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  6. Fascinating video, were there two mice, cat had probably gone to sleep well fed. Do you feed the hedgehogs?

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    1. We made a hedgehog feeding box that hedgehogs could get in but not cats, but the camera last year showed mice ate more than hedgehogs, so we haven't this year. But just to the left of the picture is a 15x10 feet patch of very long grass and daffodil leaves with lots of snails and frogs. Snails eat hedgehog biscuits too. I'm not sure whether it was one or two mice, or whether one was indeed a moth as someone suggests.

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  7. That's a great clip. Those mice really could pole vault without a pole.

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    1. It's incredible how fast it/they is/are and how far they jump.

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  8. They look like they could be enhanced to develop into a computer game.

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  9. My gosh...they are quite spry little things. You're going to need a faster cat!

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    1. That's Black Kitty who lives at the back and is out at night because she has a cat flap. She wouldn't dare come when our cat Phoebe is out. Phoebe wouldn't be any better at catching the mice though, but that's O.K. because they are field mice not house mice.

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  10. Is it a bird?...Is it a plane?...No, it's Supermouse! Your garden has been graced by a murine superhero! So quick I could not see his cape.

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    1. Murine! What a good word. Someone said that if you have mice in the kitchen, not to worry about the mouse turds because you can see those, you only have to worry about the pee - the murine urine.

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  11. Great video clip! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. We are still astonished at how fast it is and how far it jumps.

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