The harvest mouse living in Britain, is a very small rodent. It is so tiny that it can climb two stalks and use them as stilts to survey the area for any thing dangerous such as the farmers cat. The rodent is evasive but also an endangered species. This tiny guy as he stands holding onto the two stalks with only his back feet entwined around them like little fingers scratches his nose. He also wraps his tail around one of the stalks for balance. The Harvest mouse is very good at sensing danger. They can sense a dangerous animal coming their way through the vibrations of the vegetation.
The tail when wrapped around a stalk is used like a brake or an anchor to the stalk. It enables the mouse to balance and be able to eat, or as this one did, scratch its nose. They read the vibrations of danger approaching through the bottoms of their feet. The vibrations travel through the ground as a bigger animal is approaching and right up the stalk of the plant where the mouse is eating.
The mice like to eat cereal and different types of grass.
Since the harvest mouse has been placed on the endangered species list, there are measures being taken to try to insure that the mouse doesn’t simply disappear off the earth as so many other species have.
The tennis balls used at Wimbledon are often used to set up safe nesting places for them where they can hopefully avoid predators. Because of the small size of the mouse, it tends to have a lot of predators.
The mice are also known to freeze and die during the winter months. They tend to place their nest in hedges that are close to ground level. This does not provide them with much protection from the weather or predators. They don’t hibernate, but do sleep for long time frames during the cold winter months. When the weather is a bit more mild, they wake up and eat some of the food supply they put away for the winter. They even sometimes take little adventures out side their nest looking for some more food.