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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by cherrie_b, May 15, 2010.


  1. cherrie_b

    cherrie_b PetForums VIP

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    I was just in the garden cleaning the guinea pigs out when I noticed something on patio steps.

    A small mouse/vole like rodent with a very pointy nose...almost like a spikey pointy nose laying dead on the floor.

    Does anybody know what it could have been?? I have popped it in the compost bin (the only place my cats can't dig)

    I think it has come from under the house as I have seen what I thought was a mouse going in and out of there.
     
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    A baby vole ????? or a Shrew.????
     
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    If it had a long pointy nose it's probably a shrew, cats kill them but don't eat them for some reason
     
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    If it looked like this it was a Shrew.................
     

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    cherrie_b PetForums VIP

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    Yes, it was a shrew! I have never seen one before so had no idea. Awww...it was tiny :(
     
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    Aww poor thing, they are harmless though. xx
     
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    I wonder why cats don't eat them? My cat Felix caught a bird a couple of weeks ago and I found it outside (missing a head) but he had obviously been eating it. :( :(
     
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    Shrew's are so cute :) sadly my cats are forever bringing them in, but like others, they don't seem to eat them.
     
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    mine used to catch lots of these and leave them on my door step.
     
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    They don't taste very nice, even foxes wont usually eat them.
     
  11. Acacia86

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    Whats small, light brown (sort of agouti-ish) with a small, quite short, hairless tail? (definately not a mouse/rat with a sliced tail)

    My old cat caught one of these a while back, i maganed to free it and as it happened it had no real wounds. Just a couple of superficial very light small nicks............i hope he/she survived.
     
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    In th UK? How small is small?
     
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    In the Channel Islands so i imagine you will have them over there too! It was roughly about 3 inches?
     
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    Was it also a shrew? I had never seen one before! :eek6:
     
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