Mice

Mice are living beings with needs, wants and feelings just like you and I. They require time, money, love, understanding and commitment — over 3 years worth in some cases. Having mice in your life can be a wonderful experience and very rewarding, but only if you think through your decision very carefully before you adopt, and ensure you and your family understand and accept all that will be required of you as a responsible, loving mouse owner.


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Mice have facial expressions which can communicate their mood to other mice.

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Mice are incredibly clean, tidy and organised.  Within their underground homes, they have specific areas for storing food, going to the toilet and for shelter.

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Mice are intelligent creatures with complex levels of communication.

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Mice have great balance and can walk along very thin pieces of rope or wire.

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Within Shamanism (an ancient healing tradition and way of life), the mouse is a symbol of wisdom, discovery and organisation.

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There are more than 30 known species of mice.

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Mice tails can grow as long as their bodies!

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Mice use their whiskers to sense changes in temperature and to help feel the surface they are walking along.

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A mouse eats 15 - 20 times a day. Therefore they usually build their homes close to food sources, tending to only travel up to 8 metres from their burrows to find food.

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In 1928, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse was the first mouse character to be used in children’s cartoons and animation.

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Other popular mouse characters in film and TV are Speedy Gonzales, Jerry (from Tom and Jerry) and of course, Stuart Little.

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Mice have a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long almost hairless tail.

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A female house mouse can give birth to up to 12 babies every three weeks!  That’s 150 babies a year!

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A male mouse is called a ‘buck’, a female mouse is called a ‘doe’ and a baby mouse is called a ‘pinky’ or a ‘kitten’.

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The average mouse lives 1 – 2 years.

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In Ancient Greece, the God Apollo was sometimes called Apollo Smintheus, which means Apollo the Mouse. To honour him, white mice were kept in Apollo's temples under the altar.

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The word mouse comes from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "thief."

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Mice are really good gymnasts – they are excellent at jumping, climbing and swimming!

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The origin of the words to the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” are based in English history with King Henry VIII and his wife Queen Mary I.