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Uses for Tennis Balls [May. 5th, 2014|10:16 pm]
Harvest Mouse Homes

Used tennis balls from Wimbledon are being recycled into mouse habitat. These homes are to help preserve the smallest mammal in Britain, the harvest mouse. Besides being an important part of the ecosystem, it's unbelievably cute! The mice can get into the tennis balls through drilled entrance holes which are too small for predators.

BBC coverage with more info

Hat tip to QI elves for the story.

[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2014-05-06 01:19 pm (UTC)
I have never heard that any mouse was endangered anywhere.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-05-06 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ha! Rather nifty. And certainly in a good cause, given the intense pressure British wildlife's seen in recent decades, to the point the hedgehog may go extinct in large parts of the country, and the brown hare's on an uneasy footing, now listed by the IUCN as "vulnerable".
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2014-05-07 12:25 am (UTC)
*detects rodent bias*
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2014-05-07 06:12 am (UTC)
I think I may have to save up for one! Can I get one with a garage? ;-)
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