Posts tagged ‘Mice’

Why do cats retract their claws?

Cats retract their claws in order to keep them sharp for catching mice and other prey.  A cat has a special movable joint at the end of its toes that enables the claws to move in and out.  The claws move out when they are needed.  When not in use, the cat conceals its claws in little sheaths on its toes and walks softly on the pads of its feet.  Claws that can be pulled back so that the sharp points are protected are called retractile claws.  Cats sharpen their claws by raking them on furniture and free trunks to remove any ragged edged on the claws.–Dick Rogers

Are elephants afraid of mice?

Elephant and Mice

It is amusing to think that a tiny mouse can frighten the huge elephant.  The reason, supposedly, is that a mouse could crawl into the elephant’s trunk and this might suffocate the elephant.  The truth is, that although mice are often seen running about in an elephant stall, the elephant shows no fear of them at all.

Since the elephant’s nose is a double barreled tube, it would be impossible for a mouse to suffocate an elephant by crawling into its trunk.  But should a mouse ever try, the elephant would simply blow the mouse out with a might sneeze. – Dick Rogers

What is a mongoose?

Mongoose

Mongoose are weasel like creatures found in India, Africa and some other countries.

Only little larger than house cats, mongooses are famous as snake killers, especially of cobras.

In “Rikki-tikki-tavi” Rudyard Kipling tells the story of a little mongoose that kills a king cobra, on of the most poisonous snakes in the world.

Actually, the mongoose only attacks a cobra when it is hungry.  When it gets within striking range, the mongoose bristles out its fur and makes feint, leaping forward and away to provoke the snake into striking.

The mongoose is not immune to the cobra’s poison.  It simply depends on its speed to dodge the cobra’s deadly fangs.

Then, with perfect timing, the mongoose pounces on the snake before it has a chance to strike again and cracks its head with a powerful bite.  Mongoose also catches rats, mice, and other small animals.  – Dick Rogers