This young mouse seemed very reluctant to run away after we released it from the Longworth trap.
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Well out of yellow-necked mouse range! You are in a beautiful part of Britain. The mouse looks a bit 'fluffed up' and unwell, or perhaps a bit shocked by the experience?! Maybe that's why it didn't run away.
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Could this be a baby rat?
Major Bombylius is right, this is a baby rat! However, if it was caught in a Longworth trap it is a very young rat.
Firstly the colour of the fur is too dark to be a wood mouse, leaving either a house mouse or baby rat. The muzzle is too pointed to be a mouse so must be a rat. Also the eyes are too small and beady for a mouse.
The clincher though are the hairless, pink fingers just below the muzzle. Did it have a long almost hairless tail as well?
It being a rat also accounts for the scruffy look of its fur.
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It's too small for a baby rat (I appreciate it's hard to tell size from the close up photo). It also had some black fur on top of its tail. The fur on its belly was pale.
OK, I've had a really close look at this picture and I've changed my mind!
I stick to it not being a wood mouse for the reasons above. However, I've looked up pictures of baby house mice and they also have hairless pink hands - never noticed this before.
Looking closely I noticed you can see the tail and it has fine hairs and no signs of scaliness. The small, beady eyes are due to it having its eye half closed. I'm still concerned about the muzzle shape, but that could be a trick of the camera angles.
Baby rats also have a pale underside, but not as pale as this one appears.
Sorry I rushed and did not look carefully enough - 4/10 - must do better!
Lat/Lng: 57.3837, -4.4265
OS grid ref: NH542351
Traps were located near the boardwalk to the Dragonfly Pool