Monday, 3 September 2012

A huggable horde of Harvest Mice!

The official adjective for a group of Harvest Mice (Micromys minutus) is apparently a “nest, colony, harvest, horde or mischief” – what a wonderfully descriptive choice of words!    The image below, taken earlier today, shows a heap (or rather, horde!) of our male Harvest Mice huddled and muddled together on a small branch in their enclosure – this is quite common behaviour regardless of their sex and seems to be unconnected with the ambient temperature or time of year.

A tangle of Harvest Mice 3 Sept 2012 (cropped) DSC_0280

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