View Full Version : Give the mouse a medal
04-26-2004, 07:22 AM
Just been sitting in the garden having lunch, since its such a nice day today, and as I get to the back door to bring cutlery etc in, what should I spy, but a cheeky mouse creeping into the house. I chase him, finally corner him and grab him. In response he clamps his jaw into my hand - it bloody hurts! - clever mouse, my instinct is to let go, but I hold on even more tightly, and escort him outside - but you have to admire his balls! (;-)) Anyone else feel that such creatures have all the more right to live for showing such guts?
04-26-2004, 07:29 AM
What, you didn't bite him back ? :lol:
04-26-2004, 08:22 AM
Blimey, quite surprised you caught the little beggar :lol: A mouse got into my folks house once and it was a nimble little thing. Took a while to catch it - used a small plastic bucket and slid some card underneath after I managed to trap it.
You want to make sure you get a tetanus jab (depending on how long since you had one) if the thing bit you. Eihter way, probably best to see your doc to be on the safe side - there's plenty of things a wild rodent could be carrying.
04-26-2004, 08:33 AM
Doesn't look as if he broke the skin in the end, just left deep indentations in my palm that have now gone. By the way it hurt I thought he had got through...but I think I'll leave it. Thanks for the concern, but I'm not about to spend time in a waiting room being coughed and sneezed over, only to get the feeling that I'm wasting the GP's time. A couple of people have suggested the same thing as you Karlos, but like I say, I canne be bothered - there are enough hypochondriacs burdening our health service :lol:
04-26-2004, 08:57 AM
Well that's your choice, of course :-) If he didn't break the skin and you washed it thoroughly afterwards (bit of antiseptic to be on the paranoid side) I guess you'll be OK.
04-26-2004, 09:06 AM
Argh, now you're making me wonder if I should...curse you for sowing the seeds of uncertainty! :lol:
04-28-2004, 02:40 AM
UPDATE: Got home last night to hear, "George [the dog] ate a mouse earlier, he's had indigestion all day..."
The b'stard dog ate my little feisty furry friend! :pissed:
04-28-2004, 03:02 AM
Apparently some parasites subtly change behaviour to make their host act recklessly: apparently that's how they spread - when their host gets eaten (!). You never should have seen a healthy mouse at all, far less got bitten. I wouldn't worry about it travelling in the bite though, you'd have to eat the mouse to get it, uhm, like your dog. I'd worry more about Lyme Disease from the bite though... (*Edit: but it comes from rats, not mice*)
(Apparently, a disproportionate number of people killed in traffic accidents are found to have a seemingly inactive and harmless parasite called toxoplasmosis as cysts in their brain, from eating uncooked pork. There is reason to suggest that it may be responsible for reckless behaviour or reduced reflexes as part of its life cycle to get its host killed. Isn't nature great? :-P)
Edit: although nothing much will bother a dog, they'll eat 1000 times worse in their lifetimes. Dirty stinking animals. :-x
04-28-2004, 03:51 AM
toxoplasmosis as cysts in their brain, from eating uncooked pork.
I thought you got that only if you were single and had sex with your cat... it makes women impulsive and men lethargic.
04-28-2004, 04:02 AM
We used to catch mice up at my stepdad's house, they'd find their way into the meal bin and couldn't get out. I kept one and called it Kurt, and the one time I handled him (or... her, very possibly) he did exactly the same thing.
Of course mice are smart, haven't you seen The Rescuers? he he ;-)
04-28-2004, 05:00 AM
Reminds me of what happened in my house a few days ago. Over the past few months, I've learned that there is a mouse in my house too. It lives in the chimney pipe, and occacionally makes quite loud scratchy excursions across the gypsum plates which have been fixed to the ceiling. Usually, the sounds it makes are very faint, and only bother me when I want to go to sleep. A few days ago, I heard a mild scratching noise again when I was about to drop off, but forgot about it. Until I woke at 5 AM by a very loud scratching noise coming from the door which opens onto the central stairway. It was very loud---too loud to go to sleep by again. In fact, the door was being rattled as well. 'Some mouse!', I thought in my sleep-drugged brain. I turned over noisily in the hope that the sounds I made would scare the animal off. It did, for about ten seconds, then it started again. I got quite POed, threw off the covers and turned on the light in the hope of seeing the critter scuttle away. I was midly surprised to see there wasn't any sign of an animal hastily retreating and that in fact the source of the sounds seemed to be coming from outside. I opened the door and got a major scare when a very large white cat scooted between my legs. Now neither I nor my upstairs neighbour have a cat, so I was very surprised to see one in my house, much more so at 5 AM in the morning!
In any case, after waking the neighbour we quickly figured out it had snuck across her balcony from the house next door, got into her appartment via the open balcony door, and quietly tripped out when she went to the toilet in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for the cat, she closed the door on it so it was stuck in the hallway with no way of getting back to its own house. It knew it had to get back through the door, hence all the scratching.
It sure was the biggest mouse I ever saw ;-).
04-28-2004, 05:08 AM
There was a documentary series on recently which covered parasitic organisms. The mind altering ones you mention were covered and it isn't just pork you can get it from. Tests showed that 40% of all supermaket meat contained this organism (or maybe a related one).
Is that a single cell parasite?
(I hate parasites, well I have an insectphobia....the very idea of having something in my brain is very disturbing.....:nervous:).
BTW doesn't one contract the Lyme-disease from ticks?
04-28-2004, 11:53 AM
I'm sure you have to have sex with a cat to catch it.
04-28-2004, 12:06 PM
but you have to admire his balls!
Didn't he get embarrassed?
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