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Shrew In A Shoe [Mar. 12th, 2015|12:34 pm]
Tony Grist
Another shrew. Or maybe it was the shrew we had earlier and it never left.

Marlowe pointed it out to us. It was hiding in a pile of shoes. We started poking around and it climbed into one of my mother's Oxfords. I covered the opening with my hand, took the shoe to the bottom of the lower field (beyond the scope of Marlowe's wanderings, I think) and let the shrew loose in a woodpile.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2015-03-12 12:47 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-03-12 01:32 pm (UTC)
WOFFAL- I must remember that.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2015-03-12 12:51 pm (UTC)
Are shrews protected in the UK? (They are in Denmark.)

I'm glad, either way, that it was released outside MArlowe's supposed range. They're sweet little creatures - just not, perhaps, in the household's footwear.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-03-12 01:37 pm (UTC)
They're protected under the 1981 Countryside Act.

Apparently cats are reluctant to eat them because they taste funny. That may explain why this one was still alive when we found it.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2015-03-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
Maybe Marlowe knows they are protected.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-03-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
Perhaps he only wants to play.
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From: artkouros
2015-03-12 02:42 pm (UTC)

I don't think we have those over here.  I'd love to, I keep reading that we all evolved from "shrew-like" creatures

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-03-12 07:13 pm (UTC)
I guess they're our not-so-distant relations then.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2015-03-12 09:08 pm (UTC)
We had a similar incident yesterday with our two mogs standing guard over one of my boots. I repatriated the shrew / vole thing to the bushes. Then the cats disgraced themsleves by killing a yellowhammer and leaving its corpse neatly on the hall floor. They are on the RSPB's "red list for rare birds. They are even rarer now.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-03-13 10:01 am (UTC)
I don't believe I've ever seen a yellowhammer.

I have mixed feelings about cats. There are times when I hate them.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2015-03-13 12:34 pm (UTC)
Are British shrews venomous? Our short-tailed shrew is the only venomous mammal in North America.
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