Sunday, May 27, 2007

'Smart' Mice

'Smart' mice teach scientists about learning process, brain disorders
Mice genetically engineered to lack a single enzyme in their brains are more adept at learning than their normal cousins, and are quicker to figure out that their environment has changed, a team led by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center has found.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Regina and Amelia nap

Regina rat and Amelia rat snuggle in mid-afternoon nap.

"We's busy..."

Monday, May 21, 2007

Surfs (and Tails) Up!

Someone has way too much time on their hands...

The Radical Rodents - The Worlds Smallest Surfers

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According to their website: Hi we are 4 surfing mice from the Gold Coast in Australia. Our names are Chopsticks, Bunsen, Harry & Curly and we have been surfing for over 3 years. We love living here in sunny Queensland because we get to surf most of the year as the water is warm and the weather is mild. We mainly surf in rivers and estuaries as we are only very tiny, but as you will see we get some very nice waves indeed and on the weekends when the boats are out it is very consistent. To all you brave mice out there at home who think this sounds like a groovy idea, please do not try this. We are trained professionals and have endured a lengthy process learning how to swim and how to balance on a board. Keep surfing always Love The Radical Rodents

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hello, world.

Speedy rat has grown up quite a bit. He was gone from a skinny little nervous ratty boy to a fluffy snuggle lover who begs for playtime.

Monday, May 14, 2007

No boy rats allowed!

The girl rats settle in for a cuddle in the playhouse.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Amelia Rat checks me out

Old Amelia rat checks me out while the other ratty girls keep themselves busy.

Ratty girls adventures

Old Regina Rat and Old Amelia rat just want to relax, eat and clean. Isis rat wants more camera time to herself.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Rare White Hedgehog

A rarity, an albino hedgehog has been born in England. He's a very lucky little fellow, too, having a good home...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Goodbye, Lucy mouse.

Lucy mouse started having respiratory trouble sometime last night (Tuesday night) and appeared to be getting a little better. Her issue was something distressing her which I could not identify or immediately treat. All I could do is hold Lucy mouse, often holding her with Ethel mouse in hand as well, and trying to calm and comfort her. Lucy was still quite willing to eat offered breadcrumbs and appeared to be getting enough fluids. This morning she was still having trouble but seemed to be much better than last night. I held her for a bit and then went to do more morning routines. I came back in the afternoon and had the deep down feeling something was not right. I found Lucy mouse, still quite alive, breathing hard and making little squeaks. But it was the look in Lucy mouse's eyes that told me something else. I took her out and held her and often caught her looking up at me with goo-goo eyes when she was not cuddled against my fingers. I knew it was not going to be too long. After a bit of time Lucy mouse started having a panic-like reaction, trying to get out of my hand and crawl up my arms. I gently held her in my hands so she would not harm herself anymore than she would if she was thrashing around on her own. Eventually she gave several great heaving breaths and then was still. I held her for a while and then prepared her for the journey.

Abigale mouse had be very lonesome since Lizzy mouse's parting. I went to Ethel mouse, who was looking around for Lucy mouse, and took her out to Abigale mouse's cage. While the mice were busy with their ritual smell-and-greet, I took soiled litter and bedding out of Abigale's cage and placed it though out Ethel's cage. When everything was prepared I put them both into Ethel's cage and after some initial shrieking about "that's my wheel!" from Ethel, they both settled in. I watched Abigale mouse trying to put her head under Lucy mouse's head and willingly allow Ethel mouse to groom her. I hope this will work out for them.

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