Fieldmice can be carnivores

25th February 2012, Saturday


I had heard about mice eating petrel chicks alive (click here), but didn’t realise that our Fieldmouse could also be a meat eater. In December I got this video of two Fieldmice looking like they might be tucking into a Rabbit carcass (especially the one at the back), but later in the night a Badger stole the carcass, so there was no evidence. But recently I had left a Rabbit carcass on top of a metal dustbin inside my workshop and yesterday there were signs of a Fieldmouse eating it – see photo (not for the squeamish)
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the hole (it’s not an eye socket) has been chewed by little teeth and there is flesh left on the ear and the droppings are Fieldmice.