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May 17, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Why not cry wolf

Howling wolf on glacier. Yellowstone NP. (Jim Peaco, NP service emplopyee. USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Got something you want to howl about? Why not enlist a professional? (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

A wolf in your pocket would be so convenient.

For those times when you just can’t keep your mouth shut, but should.

Howls. Tiny howls. Big meaning.

The perfect pocket pet is ready: the Grasshopper Mouse.

Just think a mouse version of the Karate Kid.

  • Fearless and confident
  • Nimble fierce fighter with astute strategy
  • A nocturnal carnivore (So you can bring him to the dinner table)
  • A social justice warrior: takes care of pests. “Likes” grasshoppers, centipedes, scorpions…

Face it. This is a Terminator Arnold could be proud of.

Able to neutralize poisonous confrontations without backing down, the grasshopper mouse may be worth copying.

Researchers are studying how these mice take venomous bites/stings with only a momentary pause as a protein mutation in their cells’ membranes, neutralizes the pain and prevents a pain message being sent to the brain. The poisonous toxin fails.

How the mouse does it:

 The mouse’s unique pain management system may offer a new direction in analgesic drugs for humans.

man and woman terrified. 1927 film "Cat and the Canary" (Universal /USPD.pub.date/Commons,wikimedia.org)

Doctor, forget yoga and Botox. Going to a pain management seminar by a Grasshopper Mouse.(USPD/Commons,wikimedia.org)

Are these mice actually superior to humans?

Idealistic environmentalists smile that grasshopper mice are eco-conscious enough to recycle perfectly good homes – saving the environment from destruction just for construction.

Sociologists shout “Whoa! Family matters!”

After spotting a desirable neighborhood, some dirty rat tricks are employed. Mousification by intimidation.  They have no problem turning on even their own kind. Kicking them out.

Is this an example of the “sins of the fathers” being passed on to their children?

Grasshopper mice apparently learn aggression from their fathers. Offspring raised by two parents seem to bully other mice and attack insects more often and more ferociously than those raised by single moms.

Father may know best, however, as their future survival may depend on mastering their dad’s lessons.

Behavior that sounds spookily familiar.

The Grasshopper Mouse Guild possibly consulted a PR team concerning nicknames.

Although that “Karate Kid” was cute, just like the furry cinnamon mice, they really didn’t want to be the next popular Pocket Pet.

Wanted to cast a bigger shadow. “Miniature Wolf of the Desert” has much more bite to it.

 And if fits: they howl at the moon. On their hind legs. Nose to the wind. Howling. Really. (Click that link and tell me it doesn’t look like a wolf howling at the moon.)

Sound experts say if you slow their high-pitched howls down, it sounds just like a wolf.

Ah, Grasshopper, you are as you believe.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(Howliday inn! Grasshopper mouse about 1:39.)

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8 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner / May 17 2017 6:48 am

    maybe mighty mouse was such a grasshopper mouse? I watched them at youtube… such a mouse in the house would make me a little nervous… the howling sounds a little like my tea kettle lol

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  2. Kate Crimmins / May 17 2017 6:51 am

    I’ve never heard of grasshopper mice. We have friendly little field mice that like to chew car cables and heating wires. Sigh!

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  3. shoreacres / May 17 2017 7:02 am

    That National Geographic video is filled with wonderful tidbits. And, yes: the little mouse howling at the moon is definitely impressive. On the other hand, there were some other critters shown that were equally appealing — thanks for the morning smiles!

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  4. Amy / May 17 2017 7:06 am

    Loved the videos. Nature is violent.

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  5. sustainabilitea / May 17 2017 9:47 am

    Mice of whatever kind are fine outside the house. Inside, it’s war. They’re trying to eat our food and I have no compunction about trapping them! Chipmunks are somewhat the same (although they don’t come in the house.) They’re great in the wild, not so much in my yard and garden. The little devils will actually climb a tomato stalk and gnaw on tomatoes. Grrrrr!

    janet

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  6. D. Wallace Peach / May 17 2017 10:03 am

    Amazing. I think Wolf Mice is appropriate (because of the howling), but wolves aren’t quite so brazen and aggressive. And wolves don’t have super-powers. I think the Grasshopper mouse should be renamed… Mighty Mouse!

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  7. memoirsofahusk / May 18 2017 3:59 am

    Have you ever heard/seen/read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams? In which the world is just an experiment being run by white mice? Who are really, really annoyed when it gets demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass? I rest your case. 😉

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  8. Littlesundog / May 18 2017 7:47 am

    I enjoyed the video… but I always watch those with a bit of trepidation. Even those eggs being eaten is disturbing to me. I’m too gentle of heart.

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