A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Taming of the Shrew


Game has been pretty sparse here at North Shore but one morning Beans finally got a baby mouse out from the grasses at camp.

Then she promptly lost it between the rear tires as she has so many other rodents and lizards.

It came out and the game was on once again.  
It was then I noticed that it did not look like a baby mouse.

But now it was too late to rescue it from her antics.
Dad, it doesn’t want to play anymore.

I felt bad but what was done was done.  Mice are expendable but not a shrew.
She has never intentionally killed anything. 
Just sometimes they don’t survive the torment before escaping.
Well it didn’t die for nothing; she played with it for a long time afterwards

...tossing it up in the air and pouncing on it.

When done playing she brought it home, and now I cannot find it.

It is a long tailed shrew but they live only in the northeast part of the U.S. and Canada.
So what shrew exactly it is I don’t know.


  1. A well played game - kill the shrew then play with it for a couple of hours, being sure to hide it where Dad can't find it till it's ripe! Then try to play with it a few more hours...oh no, that's dogs who like to roll in very dead things.

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  3. Glad Beans had fun, but poor Shrew!

  4. I don't think I've ever seen a shrew before. I like those fast-action, blurry shots!

    1. I don’t believe I have either. That’s why I felt bad not realizing sooner it was something different from a mouse and getting it away from her.

  5. Looks like a Vole to me...B.K. (Barn-Kat) plays with them too long also...Better than eating my wires....


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