Meeces

It’s time to introduce the smallest members of our family.  Zachary and Adrian are fancy mice (not the same as the feeder mice pet stores sell to reptile owners). Zachary is the older of the two, and despite extensive training, he is not as bold as Adrian. Zach loves food and comes running to take it from me, but he does everything he can to avoid actually touching me.

Zach doing what he does best
Zach doing what he does best
Zach stretching for his treat instead of climbing on my hand (something he used to do)
Zach stretching for his treat instead of climbing on my hand (something he used to do)

Adrian is proving much braver than Zach although he doesn’t have Zach’s do-or-die attitude about food. It’s taken me much longer to train him to take food from my hand, but once he’s out, he becomes Adventure Mouse, and goes exploring everywhere.

Adrian climbing Mount Kit (look, Ma! No rope!)
Adrian climbing Mount Kit (look, Ma! No rope!)
Adrian hiding under my vest collar
Adrian hiding under my vest collar

Unfortunately, Zach is aggressive, so they have to  live in separate cages.  I regularly visit the thrift store to check for larger enclosures, and this week I scored a three-story mouse cage for $6.  I’ll be moving Zach into the sky scraper, and building Adrian a larger place by combining the two cages we already have. Watch for photos of their new homes.  I’ll probably post them this weekend.

Author: Kit Dunsmore

Kit is a writer and an artist who adores living in Colorado. Whether she's hiking in the mountains or walking the prairies, she's always watching the wildlife in order to learn more about the natural world.

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