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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:26 AM   11
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Awwww!!! How cute! ^.^ I love mice! I don't love having them in my house (unless I put them there, of course), but they are so cute! When I was a kid, we used to raise domestic mice because Dad had a savanna monitor lizard and that was what we had to feed them.

Since we had to feed them to him anyways...I used them to conduct my own experiments. Don't worry! It wasn't anything to harm them! I would just have different pairs mate to see what the offspring would inherit, and because they were for food, Mom and Dad wouldn't buy more than four (two to begin with, and then a second set to breed with two of the offspring) so I also tested what inbreeding does to them. I learned some interesting things such as: 1. If you mix a brown mouse with a black spotted mouse, after about the third generation a brown spotted mouse with show. They were rare- and we only ever had three...all male, believe it or not. 2. Spotted mice are less likely to develop tumors from several generations of inbreeding, whereas almost all solid colored mice exhibited tumors after five or six generations. 3. As far as color goes, black is the most common, followed by white with black spots, then brown, then white with brown spots. 4. The one trait that ALL of the spotted mice exhibited was a large spot covering the entire back region 5. Mice will eat their own young if they feel over-crowded, if there is a shortage of food, or if they get into fights with one another (like revenge- I've watched one mouse consistently pick on another- only to watch later that night- while the bully mouse was eating- the picked on mouse would go and try to eat their young. I stopped it, of course, but it doesn't mean it hadn't happened before) 6. Female mice will nurse each other's young, even if they don't have any themselves.

Sorry to get nerdy on you lol but it was very interesting for me and...well...I'm a nerd.

Also, I caught a wild mouse once. I scared his mother and she dropped him- so I took him in (we had mice really bad- but I wouldn't let my parents kill em so glue traps everywhere...however...my Dad was cruel and liked to shoot them with a blowgun...I would cry and bawl and scream and he would just laugh and keep doing it). I used my favorite mouse, Peace (she had a literal peace sign on her face), and used her to "induct" him into the...well...horde lol

NEVER do that, though. Apparently, he had a disease and it ended up killing everyone off it started off slow, one by one, but I ended up going to go check on them one day (after about 3 days) and they were all dead.

The lizard had died a few months before this...but he committed suicide. Decided to jump off the top of his cage for whatever reason...we went out to eat and came home n he was dead. Crazy thing.


Sorry to be so gloomy but its good you didn't kill the mice

We had one at the house we lived it at before where I live now- I named him Henry lol!
LOL, I told DH if we can't kill them let's just keep them for pets haha. These 2 mice were relentless!! Nah, I'm a big animal lover and I wouldn't have been able to shoot at them lol. You kidding me? I put freaking cooking oil on them so they got away lol. I'm nuts like that



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:28 AM   12
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lol u let him free and he is going to come back lol



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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:31 AM   13
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Don't say that! lol



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:36 AM   14
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lol i hope not



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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:37 AM   15
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Aaaah little mousies are so cute!!

We've had a few over the years (all named Dave I might add).
I always feel so sorry for them, they are just hungry and looking for a bed for the night....aaaah.
Ha ha, Im such a dope!!



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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:48 AM   16
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Glad you caught them. Do you have cats? We have three cats and occasionally they bring in a mouse and it escapes into the house! They usually catch it the next day though poor mouses



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 10:07 AM   17
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Aaaah little mousies are so cute!!

We've had a few over the years (all named Dave I might add).
I always feel so sorry for them, they are just hungry and looking for a bed for the night....aaaah.
Ha ha, Im such a dope!!
LOL, you sound like me but DH is like "hey, they aren't paying rent here alright!" lmao



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 10:07 AM   18
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Glad you caught them. Do you have cats? We have three cats and occasionally they bring in a mouse and it escapes into the house! They usually catch it the next day though poor mouses
Nah, DH is allergic lol. There'd be no way of having an animal in the house but I'm hoping they stay away now!



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 10:13 AM   19
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LOL, you sound like me but DH is like "hey, they aren't paying rent here alright!" lmao
HAHA, Love it!
Bless em. Can imagine packing up their little suitcases with sad little faces after being booted out!



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LOL, I know right?? He's just glad they're gone!



 
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