"They make you smile due to their sheer size and behavior"
January 5, 2020 7:47 AM   Subscribe

For the past four years, photographer Dean Mason has used an unusual model as his muse—a harvest mouse. These pint-sized rodents have large ears and eyes, as well as short whiskers that make them quite photogenic. At just three inches long, the harvest mouse is half the size of a house mouse and incredibly acrobatic. Their curious, charming behavior makes harvest mice fascinating to photograph, as you never know what they’ll get up to in their tiny worlds. (h/t MexicanYenta)
posted by Johnny Wallflower (22 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
 
I had no idea that this was exactly what I needed to see today! Thank you!
(so many teeny tiny little mammals!)
posted by bookmammal at 7:53 AM on January 5


Teeny meeses !! SO CUTE i can't even
posted by Sparky Buttons at 8:12 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]


I love the one that is awkwardly squeezing itself into half of an apple.
posted by cnidaria at 8:13 AM on January 5 [5 favorites]


My brethren.
posted by meese at 8:49 AM on January 5 [11 favorites]


Excellent examples of the long tail of the Internet.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:52 AM on January 5 [8 favorites]


bookmammal, I hope you spent a little extra time looking at the photo of the tiny mammals sitting on tiny books!
posted by moonmilk at 8:52 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Harvest mice sitting in flowers.
posted by sjswitzer at 9:08 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


So adorable that they’re charming even when I find them eating my garden.

Oo, maybe someone will video them with a camera fast enough - I think they’re so light and quick that they bounce off stalks rebounding, but my eyes aren’t fast enough to know.
posted by clew at 9:14 AM on January 5


If they were the size of a bear, think how terrifying their acrobatics would be. Harvest bears!

The photos are technically good as well as being weapons-grade cuteness.
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 9:27 AM on January 5 [3 favorites]


All they need are adorable little jackets and breeches to be the residents of Brambly Hedge.
posted by merriment at 9:28 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]


bookmammal, I hope you spent a little extra time looking at the photo of the tiny mammals sitting on tiny books!

Of course!!!!
posted by bookmammal at 9:29 AM on January 5 [4 favorites]


Wait... what house mice are six inches long? Or does that include the tail length?
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:50 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Not pictured: astonishing quantities of mouse poop.
Those little fuckers get into our house all the time. They are really, really cute. They are really, really good climbers. We catch them in humane traps and release them into the woods near the creek a block away. Now I will picture them going on to live out the rest of their lives in old boots, apples, and fairy houses.
posted by selfmedicating at 10:34 AM on January 5 [7 favorites]


Hm. An actual pint-sized mouse would be... kinda big.

These are adorable and lovely though.
posted by obfuscation at 11:05 AM on January 5 [6 favorites]


These mice are, as the young people say, TOTES ADORBS.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:14 AM on January 5


endless squeeing
posted by scruss at 12:19 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]




I worry that this one is up to no good.
posted by TedW at 3:00 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


If they were the size of a bear, think how terrifying their acrobatics would be. Harvest bears!

Not the same acrobatics but goes off and watches bear playing with stick.
posted by juiceCake at 4:17 PM on January 5 [3 favorites]


self-medicating, you probably want to go further to release the mice -- two miles seems to be safe. They are extremely good at finding their way back (deer mice, but field mice are also quite good).

I finally had to go to lethal traps to stem my invasion, as well as boxing up most of my tempting foods, and I felt so damn bad about it. They are indeed very cute.
posted by tavella at 8:55 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Not pictured: astonishing quantities of mouse poop.

I had one living in my car for a spell - and this was the only indication of its residency. I would have loved to have it bound about and be cute, but in the end I caught it in a trap baited with peanut butter and released it into the wild.
posted by holmesian at 10:30 AM on January 6


They can do some wild stunts. I'm still super-impressed that the barn cats could catch them.

sorry
posted by aspersioncast at 3:17 PM on January 6


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