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Dec 07, 2008

Somebody get me Bob Costas

Because this mouse is ABOUT TO WIN OLYMPIC GOLD!

HOLY RODENT AGILITY, Emily W.!

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....how???? Just how did this happen?

fatcat
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:24 AM

OMG

how did they teach that mouse to do that???

jenn
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:25 AM

That was AWESOME! I hope the mouse got some sort of treat at the end. :)

Bonnie
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:30 AM

Fabulous stuff to find on a Sunday morning. Thanks Meg.

LibrarianJessica
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:31 AM

That was incredible. I love mice.

BY GOLLY I THINK HE GOT IT, BOB!! HE WAS OVER THE RECORD LINE BY A LANDSLIDE!!!

Nina
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:31 AM

Ok. Where is his reward? The big hunk of cheese??? He certainly deserves it!

Mandi
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:35 AM

Holy crap!

M. V.
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:42 AM

HOLY CRAP! IT'S ALGERNON!

EMILIA
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:44 AM

i quite sadly must admit i wouldn't have known my way round.

this calls for emmentaler!!

Khadija
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:48 AM

fave part, when loving hand keeps the champ from running over the cactus....

whatta mouse!!!

wannadance
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 05:51 AM

Ok pretty cute.

R2K
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:01 AM

What the... *blink blink*

That was AMAZING! :))) Go mouse!! I join those who said that there better be a big, tasty treat waiting for him at the end of the course. He deserves it!

Hila
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:08 AM

Awesome little fella. :D

Mia
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:15 AM

Wow. He's so clever. Go mousey!

Bessymouse
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:15 AM

How amazing. I loved how the human hand comes down to gently guide Algernon around the post in the middle of the obstacle course. I'm thinking that's how Algernon got so well trained...human guides him through the obstacles.

I remember an interview actor Michael Jeter had regarding the mouse he had to interact with on the movie "The Green Mile". He said mice lay down a scent trail (urine) so they can get back and forth along a "path". A mouse was trained to go up his arm, across his back and down his other arm. He said he had to get used to the fact that he had to have mouse pee on him so the mouse could find his way. Sorry to be so yuckie.

Anyway, Algernon gets 9.8 from me for getting through the obstacle course. I just love the weave poles!

Beve
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:19 AM

Oh my goodness, that was awesome!!!! Way to go Mousey. Woohoooooo

Susan
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:23 AM

The International Olympic Committee paid only $187 million for that agility course. They used rats and weasels as their contractors.

Von Zeppelin
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:26 AM

OMG O_o

I CANNOT believe that mouse was able to do that whole course in one try (for this video at least) Despite what tactics it took, that was a spectacular feat!!! :D

Way to go Mousey!

DivaPie
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:42 AM

Wow. Truly amazing, and kudos to the loving trainer. But I was somewhat distracted by all the mouse poops (if that's what they were! could you clean them up please before you film?). Gives me the skeevies 'cause it means the little critters have gotten into my house.

SayYesh
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:43 AM

I especially love the way the human left the mouse's little droppings laying there for added "charm". Lovely.

pny
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:43 AM

Dang, now I really feel bad about the one I killed this week. We coulda hit the road together and done meese shows :(

Dianne
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:44 AM

You can lead mice by dragging a piece of cheddar across where you want them to go but this mouse was clearly trained with gentle diligence!

BTW - if you want your indoor cat to catch unwanted mice you know you have, drag a piece of chedder to make a scent trail across the floor right under the front of your stove, then in a straight line from that one out to a wide open area of the floor. Make a large sheet (at least 18' x 18") of aluminum foil and crumple it some, then mostly spread it back out. It's important that it retains quite a bit of texture. Put the foil sheet at the end of the scent trail in the middle of the kitchen floor with the piece of cheddar in the middle. Shut the cat in the kitchen overnight.

The mouse will make scritching noises as he walks acorss the foil to get the cheese and wake the cat up. The cat will have a better opportunity to cathc the mouse in the middel of the floor than he mromally gets as mice tend to stay close to cover.

I created this method myself, submitted to Mother Earth News and got a year's free subscription. Every time I have used this method, on the first or second night there has been a dead mouse on the floor that the cat had killed.

Patty P
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 06:48 AM

.... and then the mouse gets to have a snooze on top of the plunger in the bathroom .....

Birdcage
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:03 AM

That's amazing!

LB
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:03 AM

Would you look at those little feets in action over the high wire?? Super cute...

Three cheers for operant conditioning (and schedules of reinforcement)!

Also, Patty, must you give such details in this post? Sheesh.

Jenny
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:11 AM

That was SOME MOUSE!


; )

Annie
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:11 AM

(I can't actually say anything cause my mouth is hanging open. Wow.)

Maggie
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:15 AM

heart mouse! heart music!

totalee puppy
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:27 AM

HOLY CRAPOLA!

paulajeanne
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:29 AM

@Jenny: You have the option to stop reading at any time.

Patty P
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:32 AM

Patty, that's actually pretty ingenious.
And Jenny, although this mouse is super smart & cute as all get out, wild mice coming in the house & causing damage is NOT quite so cute....
I've had pet mice, and i NEARLY had a deer mouse as a pet, but the little bugger managed to get out of the five gallon bucket I had him trapped in.

lucy's mommeh
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:37 AM

He can have my cheese!

Felt Inspired
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:40 AM

Amazing.

Linda H.
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:50 AM

I'm not sure if I'm impressed by the mouse or the owner making all those cardboard cutouts.

The mug handles was my favorite.

metsakins
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 07:59 AM

That was fantastic!

Katie
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:12 AM

This was brilliant. Both the little mouse/athlete & the human/parent/trainer were amazing!!

Kaiti
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:13 AM

This was brilliant. Both the little mouse/athlete & the human/parent/trainer were amazing!!

Kaiti
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:14 AM

Hee-hee-heeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!! Go for gold, Olympic mutant gerbil-mousie-rattie Algernon !!!

Poohbear
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:15 AM

What a super mouse! ^_^

Marie
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:19 AM

Wow. I give this performance a 9.7 (slight deduction for having help from the trainer). Next I wanna see ice skating... better get training for the winter Olympics.

Bobel
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:23 AM

That was pretty amazing.... even though the mouse poop was a bit on the bleh side lol.
YAY mousey!

LisaL
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:23 AM

no-kill trap baited with stilton and placed across known urine trail at about the time mice appear each night: 5 minutes to capture, on average

no data available on how long it takes if you put a thimble of chablis next to the trap

[One problem: You're as likely to catch *me* as the mouse, esp. with the chablis and possibly some apple slices; Honey Crisp is very nice... - Ed.]

blair
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:37 AM

Can anyone tell me what that music is? I know I used to play it on the youth orchestra when I was a teenager but I can't quite remember what it was.

MaryG
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:48 AM

I saw the vid and before I hit play I was "bleh, I don't like mice, WON'T watch. But wait... have I ever seen anything on here that I hated? Nope." so I proceeded to watch, and was cheering at the end, lol

Gooooo Mousey!

claudia
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:49 AM

Wow! Bravo! Encore!
Stupendous! Awesome! Must see! 5-star!

alex
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 08:58 AM

MaryG, it's the Olympic theme by John Wiliams. It's scored every Olympics since 1984.

Gosh, I didn't even notice any droppings. I was too mesmerized by da mousie.

warrior rabbit
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 09:01 AM

i'm soooooooooooo jealie. you sir or madam have the smartest mousie pants ever. smartie!! this was a pleasure to watch b/c mousiekins algernon was so dutiful in his task taking. he was all like, "ok now this, then this, then that one, and then i go here, over this guy under here, almost done....." awesome!

bee
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 09:03 AM

Actually, that music is a copyrighted music to an Olympics-I think it is still in use. They are pretty persnickety about people using it- I hope no one gets in trouble. (shhhhh)

Now, on to the Mouse.
Amousing. Good mousie! The cup handles was my favorite part, too! Just a darling, ingenious set up! My hat is off to the mouse and his companion animal! And how do we know that the mouse didn't design the course? Hmmm???? I doubt he cut it out of cardboard, because of the whole thumb thing, (Mr. Lovinghand probably did that),but I say if he can jump it,he probably designed it! Great duo, great job!

Katrina
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 09:11 AM

please please please give him a a whole wad of cheese!

rachsne
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 09:11 AM

"....And, a little extra guidance around the roundabout....a hesitation at the Pineapple/Cactus jump, that'll be a minor deduction there...and we're through the final obstacles to finish line! Bob, I think that this little riderless mouse has thrown down the gauntlet to the horses in this Equestrian competition!!!"

Brilliant video!

Gail (the first one)
 |  Dec 07, 2008 at 09:23 AM

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