I was just in the kitchen... the light was off in my bedroom and out of the corner of my eye I saw something run under my bed. My heart sank as I thought it most likely to be a spider (this house has Giant House Spiders) although it was moving fast. Usually they move in a more stately fashion and freeze when they know they are spotted. Anyway I turned on the light and was relieved to see a small rodent of a type unfamiliar to me. It was larger than an ordinary mouse, compact, dark brown with what appeared to be a side-stripe or a white belly, and rather large erect ears of the Mickey variety. It was glossy. I operate on "since I don't know what it can understand I'll talk to it," and told it I would open the door so it could go outside.
Then I opened the door and came in here. I hope it leaves. There have been several times in the past few weeks I've seen something out of the corner of my eye... almost... then decided I hadn't seen anything at all. After looking up "mouse" (which immediately brought up a horrific spider in about 25 pictures) I looked up "mouse species" and decided it was a white-footed mouse, which is common but carries (as far as I remember) some kind of disease that killed some Dineh people in the 90s. Hmmm, let me look that up...
Ah, yes - hantavirus. That was the deer mouse, though. The white-footed mouse can carry it, too, but I'm sure my mouse is a nice, clean mouse. I would like to close my door but I suppose that will have to wait. Thank heavens it wasn't a spider.
Woo - this sounds attractive to me: The white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) dwells mostly in woodlands, river bottoms, and shrubby areas. An acrobat on tiny feet, this mouse can climb on trees and shrubs where it creates a dome of plant materials, feathers, and down on top of an old bird's nest. Snuggled inside, the white-footed mouse can survive and even bear young during cold winters.
posted by - 11:10 PM
Fidget would've made short work of it. He used to catch mice and put them in the bathtub and play pinball. He caught (to my knowledge) rabbits and at least one hummingbird. He was like lightning. However, this little animal looks like the mousie version of the (very attractive) Douglas squirrel, and I'm sure just wishes to be outside. Mukka lukka hi-mukka hienie-ho! I can make all its dreams come true.