April 10th, 2014

krazy koati

If your folks get bugged do it in the hall

We're getting closer to the time we return the mouse to the wild, but, we did run short on the dog kibble that he's been eating. (It's very close in nutritional content to specifically mouse-designed kibble and bunny_hugger's parents have dogs, so it's easy to get.) So, I went to the pet shop and looked for the bulk food bins to get a couple weeks' worth of mouse food. Also it gives me the chance to look around in the pet store at their various animals, including the guinea pigs, who always make me feel better. They had a litter of baby guinea pigs recently, which is extra-adorable, since guinea pigs --- unlike most rodents --- are born with fur and eyes open and able to walk around on their own. They just look like adult guinea pigs, only tinier. It's sweet.

Anyway, they didn't have bulk mouse food, so I asked a clerk and was guided to the hamster-and-gerbil mix, which might not be the right blend after all. There's alfalfa pellets in there that mice apparently don't go for, and I should've got rat feed instead.

I also picked up a toy for the mouse, since we've worried that he's bored. It's a cylindrical cage, made of wood, with a ball in the middle, which is good for rolling, ball-batting, or just chewing. After letting bunny_hugger inspect the label (making sure the dyes are actually mouse-safe as far as she knows, that sort of thing) I set it in the cage and hoped he'd enjoy it. The next day we found that he had scooped the paper shavings from a quarter of his cage over, clearing much of the base, covering the toy altogether. It turns out this is how mice send the signal ``DO NOT WANT''. We're hoping that he'll warm up to it with a little time.

Trivia: Ship lines began buying Post-Panamax ships --- cargo ships too large to pass through the Panama Canal --- in 1988. These ships could only make trips between pairs of large, deep harbors. Source: The Box: How The Shipping Container Made The World Smaller And The World Economy Bigger, Marc Levinson.

Currently Reading: The General : David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry, Kenneth Bilby.

PS: Weightlessness at the Equator (Whiteboard Sketch #1) … a quick pointer to a sweet little physics problem.