Monday, 2 September 2013

When your food bites back

 This young adult is still fairly bold.

 This vole had to make a hasty exit when a rival shot out from upstream and flung itself into the water.

Pygmy shrew, I think, because tail length is about 70% that of the body. Common shrews' tails are shorter, about 50%.

I had to share with you Richard Steel's gorgeous video of a young water vole trying to eat a nettle: Towards the end of the clip, you can see there seems to be a bit of an issue with stinging. Nevertheless, the vole carries on!

1 comment:

Square Sparrow said...

It suddenly struck me that food that bites back might be a handy aid if one was trying to eat less! Maybe I should try dining on nettles a little more often :-)