Greedy dormouse gets stuck in bird feeder after scoffing too many seeds

3 min


By

staronline@reachplc.com (Lucy Moses, Amber Hicks)

Hilarious snaps show a greedy dormouse stuck in a bird feeder after crawling in and scoffing so many seeds it became too chubby to squeeze its way out.

Advertisements

Cheryl Hewins, 72, was stunned to find the adventurous creature sitting in her bird feeder.

The ravenous rodent had gnawed its way through so many millet and sunflower seeds his stomach had expanded.

It then became stuck in the contraption for two-and-a-half hours – before Cheryl managed to free him.

So satiated by his food binge, the chunky dormouse was unphased by the birds still pecking away at the seeds around him.

Cheryl sought the advice of Catherine Holder, 34, who runs the Hampshire Dormouse Group Committee who helped her rescue the plump cutie.

Greedy dormouse gets stuck in bird feeder after scoffing too many seeds
What a chunk!

Cheryl, retired from a career in banking, from Ventnor, the Isle of Wight, said: “I was surprised to find the thing sitting in my birdfeeder, he must have been there all night and eaten so much he couldn’t get out.”

National Trust Ranger Catherine, 34, from Romsey, Hampshire, said: “Cheryl was a bit panicked about finding it in her feeder.

“I quite couldn’t believe it when I saw the photo.

Advertisements

It scoffed its way through seeds

Oops

“It’s nice it was a dormouse because so many times people think they’ve seen a dormouse and it’s not.

“I also just thought it was hilarious. He just sat there like an absolute chunk.

“I got back to her very quickly and confirmed it was a dormouse and told her to take it to the nearest vegetation cover in the garden and try and let him out as soon as possible.”

Catherine was certain that the dormouse must have been stuck for quite some time as normally, they scurry away as soon as they are approached.

He was quickly freed

Catherine added: “Generally they are not a garden species and if they do come to bird feeders it will be at night.

Advertisements

“It’s quite unusual for someone to see them sitting still, blinking at them.

“They hibernate from November to April and they have to properly chunk up.

“I guess he’s eaten all the berries and nuts and he found this food source in a bird feeder, got in and started scoffing and couldn’t get out.

“It’s amazing.”

Cheryl Hewins was stunned to find the adventurous creature

Cheryl added: “I was surprised to see this chubby dormouse in my bird feeder. I thought: ‘Oh my god, what is that?’

“I couldn’t see the tail at first, but when I got up close I knew it was a dormouse.

“I spoke to Catherine on Facebook and she told me to take the feeder to a vegetative area and let the dormouse slowly wobble out.

Advertisements

“He eventually toddled off. I’m glad he enjoyed his meal and survived the birds pecking away at him too.”


Like it? Share with your friends!

73
12 shares, 73 points

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
4
hate
confused confused
18
confused
fail fail
11
fail
fun fun
9
fun
geeky geeky
7
geeky
love love
23
love
lol lol
2
lol
omg omg
18
omg
win win
11
win

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Facebook Comments

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format