Mice are one of the members of the rodent family, which also includes rats, gerbils, lemmings, and others. The word "mouse" comes from the ancient Indo-European language, Sanskrit, and means "thief". And not surprisingly, these small rodents, living up to their name, steal food from people, eating not only food, but even skin, glue and soap.
Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and even certain species of arthropods have been known to prey heavily on mice. However, due to its remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, the mouse is one of the most successful genera of mammals living on Earth today.
If you offer the mouse a piece of fresh bread that is already stale, she will choose the second one, because this is a real delicacy for her. But these rodents, on the contrary, do not like cheese, dispelling the most popular myth about themselves. They like the taste of the product, but the cheese smell causes something like disgust in them. In fact, the favorite treats of mice are cereal grains and fruits.
Mice have a very developed maternal instinct, and not only to their own children. If you toss a couple of other people's babies to a mice-mother, she will feed them like family.
Unlike decorative hamsters, indoor mice have a good sense of height and are afraid of it. That is why a mouse left unattended will never fly head over heels from a tabletop or nightstand.
One of the most famous cartoon characters - Mickey Mouse - may not have been born in the 20th century, but in the 10th century AD. At least, the brooch, which was recovered from the bowels of the earth by archaeologists, depicts a creature very similar to the brainchild of Walt Disney. Although later, having examined the artifact more meticulously, the scientists concluded: the unknown master wanted to portray a lion, but he lacked talent ...
Mice are real martyrs, because they have to withstand 80% of the experiments carried out in various research institutes and laboratories. True, animals for experiments are not caught in nature, but raised by selection. Such rodents are more agreeable and become excellent "experimental material". Animal advocates are very unhappy with the choice of scientists and are fighting their "barbarism" not only in word, but also in deed. There is a known case when the Russian "green" climbed into the nursery for the cultivation of experimental animals, rescued from there more than 10 thousand rodents and released them in the Moscow region. Seeing hordes of mice coming from nowhere, the locals were horrified.
The incisors of a mouse are constantly grinded down throughout their life and grow evenly to the desired length. The claim that all bats are prone to vampirism is unfounded. Most of the species of these animals are generally indifferent to flesh and blood: their diet includes fruits and insects.
Scientists still argue about whether huge elephants are afraid of small mice. The hosts of the Legend Busters program have proven empirically that if a mouse gets in the way of an elephant, it will definitely turn off the road. But another experiment is also known: when scientists released a whole horde of mice on several elephants. The giants were indifferent to this invasion.
The mouse is a very proportional creature: its tail and body are the same length. Nature has awarded mice with a whole army of enemies, which rodents cannot repulse. But they perfectly hide in case of danger, and representatives of some mouse species even pretend to be dead.
People have eaten mice since prehistoric times and still eat them as a delicacy throughout eastern Zambia and northern Malaysia, although they are usually no longer consumed by humans elsewhere.