Photographer Discovers A Family Of Mice Living In His Garden, Builds Them A Miniature Village

As the saying goes, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’.

Photographer Simon Dell took this saying to another level when he stumbled upon a family of mice running around his garden. Rather than reaching for the traps, he took out his tools. Dell then built the mice a miniature village and they repaid him by posing in front of his camera.

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    “I was out one day just taking photos of the birds in the garden and having just cut the grass I noticed something moving on the ground,” Simon said. “I pointed my camera at the ground and was shocked but very happy to see a very cute little house mouse standing up just like a meerkat in the fresh cut grass.”

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    “I knew instantly he was a star and ran back inside to get a couple of peanuts to put down for him. Sitting there, waiting, it was only minutes before he came back out for the treats.”

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    “It was at that point I thought I would give him a little shelter and safe place to hide and feed.”

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    “I had a bit of experience taking photos of wildlife and mice as I also had another mouse that used to live in my garden shed and only come out after dark. He was a wood mouse and we named him Stuart.”

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    “He was once a single mouse but he left at the start of spring 2018, maybe to find a mate. Hoping he comes back this winter and maybe he could get to know the new mice in the garden.”

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    “We get all kinds of wildlife in the garden. Many types of birds, such as starlings, house sparrows, blackbirds, robins, and more. Even a grey heron who has taken most of the goldfish from my ponds.”

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    “We also have a fox that visits every night and a lot of hedgehogs and squirrels.”

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    “At first there was just the one mouse. He had a cut in his ear and we called him George. I piled some small logs around a box as a home for the mouse and covered it with moss and straw to give him a little shelter.”

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    “I could see the cats sitting just feet away at the other side of a fence so the log pile also gave him a bit more safety.”

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    “I then put up some wire fencing along the fence so there was no way the cats could get to the mouse. I also have a small Jack Russell Terrier dog so the cats know not to come in the garden and the dog pays the mice no attention.”

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