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One Hungry Little Mouse

Sunday, July 10, 2011



The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was
astounded by the mouse's behaviour.

He said: 'I have no idea where the mouse came from - he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn't take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself. But the leopard was pretty surprised - she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened.'



Even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill.

'It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked - he said he'd never seen anything like it before.'

Project owner Jackie James added: 'It was so funny to see - Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.'

Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by
Jackie 's late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent's forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.



So the mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and show the leopard who was the boss. Just proves no one can push you around without your permission.
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ROZEEROZ1 7/14/2011 2:59AM

    This is so cute!!!

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AUNTC321 7/12/2011 6:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. I will have to remember this when I feel pushed around.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/11/2011 10:24PM

    How cool!!!

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IAMWINNING 7/11/2011 2:52PM

    Amazing! I definitely enjoyed reading this and seeing the photos; and the last sentence brings the lesson home to us.

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PURPLELVR7 7/11/2011 2:48PM

    truly amazing

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DANCEMORE 7/11/2011 2:28PM

    amazing!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/11/2011 1:43PM

    great photos!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/11/2011 9:53AM

    Wow

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NYARAMULA 7/11/2011 6:03AM

    emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 7/11/2011 12:26AM

    thanks for sharing this .... wonderful, powerful object lesson.

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SANDYBRUNO 7/10/2011 11:37PM

    That little mouse sure showed a lot of determination. He must have really been hungry. I can't believe the leopard didn't eat the mouse.

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SCORPION1352 7/10/2011 11:28PM

    "And the lamb shall lie down with the lion", and "The leopard shall share a meal with the mouse" That is just to cute Thank you sharing

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 7/10/2011 11:04PM

    WOW!! Guess it goes to show that we can do ANYTHING if we are determined enough, no matter how big and impossible the project seems!

Thanks for sharing!

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4MRSDAND123 7/10/2011 11:04PM

    Wow, shows ya what determination and no fear can do for you!
Good blog!

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DISCOVERLLH 7/10/2011 11:01PM

    Loved it! That mouse had CONFIDENCE!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 7/10/2011 10:58PM

    And that mouse wasn't even drunk! Way to go! Proof that the Illusion of power can be as good as the power itself. How many of us get held back by a little mouse instead of finding victory in The Lion of Judah!

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SECRETMUSIC 7/10/2011 10:51PM

    Amazing! Why do these things tug at our hearts, I wonder?

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/10/2011 10:48PM

    Interesting

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/10/2011 10:36PM

    Thank you for sharing!!! I absolutely love this. I plan on being alot more like the little mouse!!!

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PEGJOHN1997 7/10/2011 10:05PM

    I love this one!

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TINKERBELL200 7/10/2011 9:51PM

    My I feel like God has been using people to speak to me all day today and I have to add this one to the list! Great blog Missy and great message. I really enjoyed it and the pics are awesome!
Thank you,
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Lynne

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PEPPERLEAH 7/10/2011 9:50PM

    How awesome this is! NO FEAR! Makes you think, doesn't it?

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CARRIEANNE1027 7/10/2011 9:24PM

    Oh to be so bold like that little mouse! I needed to read that story, as I'm facing a career change at the moment..
Thanks for sharing!

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SUECHRIS50 7/10/2011 9:21PM

    This is the greatest!did you ever see the one where the lion took care of the baby antelope? emoticon

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ANGELCOWBOY1 7/10/2011 9:19PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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KNITTABLES 7/10/2011 9:15PM

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MERRYMARY42 7/10/2011 9:11PM

    love it, thanks for sharing

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LESLIELENORE 7/10/2011 9:11PM

    What an amazing set of pictures! i like the moral, too. No one can push any of us around unless we let them. There are days I feel like that mouse! Thanks for sharing this story.

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