Search This Blog

Friday, 22 July 2016

Mouse (animal)

HISTORY 

Among the various cures the Ancient Egyptians had for toothache was splitting open the body of a live mouse, then laying it, still warm, along the patient's gums.

In Roman Britain eating mice was considered a good cure for measles, smallpox, whooping cough and other ailments.

The Australian house mouse is thought to have arrived in the country on British convict ships in the late 18th century.


In 1998, Yevgeny Kafelnikov's Wimbledon singles match with Mark Philippoussis was interrupted when a mouse ran onto the court during play,

The world's oldest mouse, Yoda was born April 10, 2000, at the University of Michigan Medical School and lived to be 4 years old, around double the age of normal mice. He lived his last months in quiet seclusion with his cage mate, Princess Leia, in a pathogen-free rest home for geriatric mice.

DIET

It's a myth that mice like cheese. In fact, they actively avoid it, as the smells are too strong for their tiny sensitive noses.

Mice enjoy high-sugar foods such as chocolate or peanut butter or milk.

One ounce of cress boiled down will produce enough cyanide to kill two mice.

ANATOMY

Most of the rodents in homes are likely to be house mice or wood mice. House mice are grey, with long tails, large eyes and small heads. Wood mice are larger with orange-brown fur.

Mice can't see red light.

Mice see best in dim light.


A mouse's whiskers can detect temperature changes as well as help it feel its way about.

Mice can squeeze through a gap just 6mm wide.

Chimpanzees and humans are, genetically, ten times closer than rats and mice.


BEHAVIOR

A female mouse can begin having babies at two months of age and can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks.


Mice have weak bladders and spread urine around homes. Nearly two thirds carry the toxoplasmosis parasite which, if pregnant women are infected, can cause birth defects.

The grasshopper mouse howls like a wolf before biting into its prey.

Mice can instantly recognize relatives they’ve never met, using smell to detect a species-specific protein.

Mice sing like birds, but humans can’t hear them.

POPULATION

The house mouse is the UK's most populous mammal. At this moment in time, there are around 78 million of them living there.

WORDS  

Female mice are does, males are bucks and babies are pinkies or pups.

The word for fear of mice is musophobia.

The word for pertaining to, or characteristic of mice is murine.

Sources Daily Express, Daily Mail 

No comments:

Post a Comment