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Feb 24, 2007

Mouse Bounce House


How prosh are these ball houses for field mice?

According to BBC Cuteporters, intense farming methods have left field mice homeless. To combat this, some 36,000 used Wimbledon tennis balls have been made into mini penthouses.

"Pish prosh!" [Say in English accent]

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The score is Love all, K Lui ;)  

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They're just lookin out for that racket comin....

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 03:57 PM

wow, habitat for rodentanity!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:01 PM

That's so awesome they're doing that for the mice! ^__^

Cute little buggers. x3

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:05 PM


Jupiter Star
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:07 PM


 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:25 PM


onionpencil musashi
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:31 PM

Looks like the score for this story is Love-All...! ;-)


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:36 PM


thats 2-love

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 04:40 PM

That is really very cute, but why would farmers want to help substain the lives of animals that eat all their crops?

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:28 PM

Beacause they're soooo cute!
And if the mice are gone, the owls and hawks will leave.

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:30 PM

Poor mice! They were run out of their homes by farming?! Well at least they have stylish modern homes now. ^.^

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:31 PM

How many houses got mouses, at least their housing market is not quite in a slump well until they fall thru, athump

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:33 PM

Where is robin leech when you need him for the rich and famous mouse houses interviews

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:35 PM

To a Mouse
On turning her up in her nest with the plough, November 1785 - Burns

WEE, sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie,
O what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickerin' brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee
Wi' murd'rin' pattle!

I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve:
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen-icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request:
I'll get a blessin' wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
Its silly wa's the win's are strewin';
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin',
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin' fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell—
Till, crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble
An' cranreuch cauld!

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But, och! I backward cast my e'e
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see
I guess an' fear!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:35 PM

Wimbledon with a D

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:37 PM




Yubi Shines
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:51 PM

This site is too cute.

The cuteness of it all has affected me very badly.

I'm dying now, I think. Of a cute-overdose.

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:52 PM

oh, i love robbie burns. and the wee mousies.

fawn lust
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:53 PM

OMG little mouse-sicles! Squee!

Wait, am I allowed to squee, being a guy and all?

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 05:58 PM

'Round and 'round and 'round we go and where we'll stop, no mousie knows. =)

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:02 PM

Shadyman, when ya gotta squee, ya gotta squee.

Them's some small mousies! Excellent housies -- but how do they know which house is which? Mr. N. Mouse comes home late one night, after feasting on some barley that's been in the field too long, staggers around for a bit with a puzzled look on his face, then crawls into the nearest tennis ball. Ms. A. Mouse screams, startling all the neighbors in nearby tennis balls... and then, I guess, the ref says "Quiet please", because the tennis balls do come from Wimbledon, after all.

That was kind of a stupid story, but it's too long to erase, so you're stuck with it.

useta hada kitteh
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:03 PM

Wow. To even this jaded Cutologist, that is some astounding and fresh brand of Cute. I'm loving it that somebody went to all the trouble of converting those used tennis balls into penthouses (or should that be "pet"houses?)

A thinker
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:07 PM

Shadyman, *everyone* is allowed to squee here. Guys included. Or especially.

A thinker
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:09 PM


Don't know if anyone's been looking at the Holy Venn Diagrams thread lately, but there's a note there from hrh.squeak that her (I'm assuming hrh.squeak's a her) Mom had to go to the ER. hugs, kitters, and puddins are in order...

end threadjack//

useta hada kitteh
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:23 PM

This warms my heart (which is why I come here everyday, multiple times per day). To know that someone out there cares for the smallest of this planet's inhabitants makes me smile!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:39 PM

Thank-you Laura for the Robert Burns, poet of the people and the mousies!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 06:59 PM

OMG, me again. I just noticed that the mices are HARVEST MICE.

They are the Cutest Things EVAR, with a TRULY PREHENSILE tail, (Squee!), that they use to hang off stalks of wheat :)

It's also endangered :x That's why they're trying to help the poor, cute, tiny mousey.


 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 07:19 PM

Beatrix Potter would approve. I'm positive Mrs. Tittlemouse would love it there.

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 07:25 PM

I wouldn't mind living inside a giant tennis ball.

Angela P.
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 08:02 PM

Are tennis balls that color on the inside, too? Kinda bright for sleppin', I'm thinking.

useta hada kitteh
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 08:04 PM


Too cute, too dang cute!!

They gave them hooooooooomes!!

Look at how delightfully wee the mices are!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 08:10 PM

little mousie condos - I love it!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 08:17 PM

I'm still back at the THIRTY SIX THOUSAND tennis balls used at the tournament. Thats in two weeks??? Thats 2500 tennis balls a day.



 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 08:59 PM

Tae a Moose... ane o ma maist liked verses by The Bard- (as he's ken't back hame).

But moosey penthoosey.... fandabbidoosy......

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 09:03 PM

I'm wondering if maybe placing an used tennis ball in my friend's kitchen will keep lil' mumbling mice away from her stove???

She found out a cute little family built a nice and cozy place in the fiberglass material (it looks like cotton) that's inside the stove, including tunnels, bridges and everything you can imagine

Hehehe xD

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 09:41 PM

I'm in ur balls
making my nest.

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 09:54 PM

Yes, that's all fine and good for Mrs. Frisby there, but where are the rats of Nimh living?

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 09:59 PM

OMG too Cute.
So, if they fit into tennis balls that must mean that they are oh so itty bitty!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 10:18 PM


Tennis (Wimbledon, at that!) + Widdle mousies = best.combination.ever.

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 10:32 PM

Useta - Tennis ball innards are smooth and a sort of cartoonish wood colour. Still rather bright, but dark/dull enough so the mousie doesn't get a migraine. So no worries!

Yubi Shines
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Lauowolf--LOL!! Perfect. Love mousies!!

Another Angela
 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Yubi Shines,

Do mice really get migraines? Poor widdle mousies! Better keep some mousie-sized Imitrex and teeny tiny ice packs on hand just in case!

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 11:23 PM

Laura, thank you for the whole Burns poem, I had never read it I guess. Knew the famous phrase, but not the rest. Darn, made me weepy.

 |  Feb 24, 2007 at 11:52 PM

Mouse balls!

 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 12:03 AM

Hey! That's not Serena Williams!

all day long
 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 12:46 AM

re: the inside of the tennis balls, mice are believed to be colorblind, so no micey-migraines from the bright colors.

Cute (and inventive) idea, though!

 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 01:20 AM

They are actually Harvest mice, not field mice, which are increasingly endangered as they make nests at the top of corn or wheat, that look the same shape as tennis balls. They are amazingly small (Britain's smallest mammal I think) and they even have pre-hensile tails. Amazing!

P.s. I went to that farm and saw the balls but not the mice :(

Mary Epworth
 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 04:07 AM

So cute.

 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 05:10 AM

Yes, definitely harvest mice, different from field mice, which are just the same as house mice only in the country. But harvest meece do live in fields to. Um.

Saw a harvest mouse at London Zoo and he was sooooo tiny... he could have sat in a teaspoon. We were transfixed. After about ten minutes, he got fed up with nosey humans spying on his personal grooming and pootled back to bed. Awwwww, we said.

 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 05:25 AM

That is one of my favorite pics evarh! I've had it in my "cute pics" folder since the article came out in 2001. Those mices are long gone, folks, but their great grandkids are still nesting in the tennisballs.

 |  Feb 25, 2007 at 05:43 AM

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