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January 21, 2013 7:15 AM   Subscribe

The little mouse that eats scorpions AND adorably howls at the moon.
posted by Kitteh (32 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
So Mice Templar was based on a true story after all....
posted by hellojed at 7:25 AM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Honey Badger of the Sonoran.
posted by Kabanos at 7:26 AM on January 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


Sounds more like a little tea kettle whistling than a howl.

I guess this will be the next thing all the idiots want to have as a pet, and then they'll escape or be released, and then there will be carnivorous cannibalistic scorpion-proof howling rodents living in our walls and waiting for us to fall asleep. Thanks in advance, fuckers.
posted by pracowity at 7:30 AM on January 21, 2013 [40 favorites]


I, for one, welcome our tea-kettling whistling carnivorous cannibalistic scorpion-proof rodent overlords.
posted by Kitteh at 7:35 AM on January 21, 2013 [16 favorites]


Pracowity, I totally agree... but when I played it my slightly wimpy cat (don't tell him I said that) went BONKERS.
posted by mrgroweler at 7:37 AM on January 21, 2013


Well, grasshopper mice may be plague flea vectors.
posted by gudrun at 7:54 AM on January 21, 2013


Sleeping cats all over the world twitch as one in a shared moment of terror.
posted by maudlin at 8:06 AM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Grasshopper Mouse and the Plague Fleas is the name of my next band.
posted by JohnFromGR at 8:07 AM on January 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


A Nat.Geo. clip, complete with swift bites to the head.

So apparently the howl is to mark territory, launching it with the wind like a reverse aircraft carrier.
posted by linux at 8:34 AM on January 21, 2013


Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough

Good photo caption.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:35 AM on January 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


Spin!
posted by linux at 8:36 AM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Grasshopper mice are extremely aggressive predators, and are known to commit acts of cannibalism when threatened or in need of food. They are generally solitary animals and keep large territories to themselves, but they may live in male-female pairs. However, this live-in relationship tends to end badly—one of the two partners inevitably kills the other.

I sort of want one as a pet.
posted by jeather at 8:42 AM on January 21, 2013


From the NatGeo link linux posted:
They are generally solitary animals and keep large territories to themselves, but they may live in male-female pairs. However, this live-in relationship tends to end badly—one of the two partners inevitably kills the other.

Kids, this is not a healthy relationship. Seek counseling.
posted by pupdog at 8:48 AM on January 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


I want to get the app and be a grasshopper mouse so that I can run, chase insects, eat insects, howl at the moon, and level up!
posted by Wolfster at 8:49 AM on January 21, 2013


*gasp* Uncle Pecos is real.
posted by phong3d at 8:55 AM on January 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


I, for one, welcome our tea-kettling whistling carnivorous cannibalistic scorpion-proof rodent overlords.

Underlords, surely.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:57 AM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ohmylords. As in, "Oh, my lord, what the fuck was that?!"
posted by pracowity at 9:14 AM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


The "reverse aircraft carrier" sounds like a position from UrbanDictionary... and not a very pleasant one, either.
posted by phong3d at 9:19 AM on January 21, 2013 [7 favorites]


YES! Thank you thank you!
posted by Scientist at 9:24 AM on January 21, 2013


My cat also went bananas when I played the howling clip, by the way.
posted by Scientist at 9:32 AM on January 21, 2013


Fairly confident what you just described is a weremouse.
posted by maryr at 9:39 AM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


My cat was on my bed with me and showed no reaction to the clip. A few minutes later he did get up and stalk away, but I don't think that had anything to do with it, as I'd then finished reading the article and the entire comments section here.
posted by Canageek at 9:39 AM on January 21, 2013


If you give a mouse a cookie, it's gonna fuck you up.
posted by wam at 9:54 AM on January 21, 2013 [7 favorites]


If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a scorpion. The mixed drink or the animal, he's not picky.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:43 AM on January 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


Huh, very interesting. I'm surprised that that it can totally just ignore the sting. I would assume that there would be other toxins in the scorpion other than just a sodium channel inhibitor. Maybe that depends on the species?

If a mouse species really wanted to take on the cats, they would develop the ability to sound like a vacuum cleaner. Scorpion eating is probably a good start, though.

Other cool link on the website: solar-powered salamander! This is halfway to fulfilling my lazy childhood dream of just getting energy from photosynthesis.
posted by efio at 12:03 PM on January 21, 2013


If a mouse species really wanted to take on the cats, they would develop the ability to sound like a vacuum cleaner.

That'd last until they ran in to cats like these guys.
posted by radwolf76 at 12:25 PM on January 21, 2013


I've been meaning to do a post on grasshopper mice for years now. I remember the first time I saw one, my buddy and I were watching late night TV, and some science show did a clip with the "victory cry".

We just kind of looked at each other and had that unspoken "Did you just fucking see that? Because that was awesome."

We then started interrogating his sister, because as far as we knew, we weren't on any kind of mind altering substances, and we wanted to be sure that she hadn't slipped us something.

Because seriously, mice that howl in triumph seems like something a drug addled mind would produce.
posted by quin at 12:28 PM on January 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


A Nat.Geo. clip, complete with swift bites to the head.

Oh god. The National Geographic voiceovers ...
posted by sebastienbailard at 12:48 PM on January 21, 2013


This mouse is METAL.

I sent the link to my friend Jenny:

Jenny: It eats the scorpion and then goes back into his den and plays ace of spades at full blast
Me: all muttering "lemmy's fuckin' awesome... but i bet I could take him"
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 12:48 PM on January 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


mice that howl in triumph seems like something a drug addled mind would produce

Omnipotence is the most powerful drug of all.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:23 PM on January 21, 2013


I guess this will be the next thing all the idiots want to have as a pet, and then they'll escape or be released, and then there will be carnivorous cannibalistic scorpion-proof howling rodents living in our walls and waiting for us to fall asleep. Thanks in advance, fuckers.

Yeah, sorry about the whole thing with the bedbugs. My bed bad. They looked so cute on Nat.Geo!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:26 PM on January 21, 2013


This is the most awesome mouse ever
posted by Kris10_b at 5:51 PM on January 21, 2013


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