Apparently Tennis Balls Provide Perfect Penthouses For Harvest Mice

You might not think there’s much to celebrate about a grubby old tennis ball, but these seemingly uninspiring objects are being put to use in an unusual way by one of our country’s cutest critters.

In autumn 2015, wardens at the RSPB’s Dee Estuary nature reserve discovered an empty harvest mouse nest, alerting the team that these tiny creatures – not usually found so far north – had moved into their Cheshire site. Since then, the team has come up with a creative way of providing more homes for their resident rodents: by using old tennis balls.

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Alasdair Grubb, the warden at Dee Estuary nature reserve, said: “Sadly harvest mice numbers are falling in the UK due to changing farming practices and other pressures on our countryside, so we were delighted to discover they had made a home at Burton Mere Wetlands and were eager to find out how many and whereabouts they were living.”

The harvest mouse was first discovered in the village of Selborne, Hampshire in 1767. Photograph: Natural England/Julian Dowse/PA

Harvest mice are the tiniest mammals known to the U.K., but they’re facing some big problems right now.

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According to The Guardian, they’ve seen serious losses to their habitats thanks to unspecified “modern farming practices,” and were once thought extinct in Hampshire, England where they were first discovered.

Fortunately, they were rediscovered in that region back in 2016.

To prevent such a dangerous drop in their numbers from happening again, the mission is now to protect them in their remaining habitats.

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According to the BBC, the local Wildlife Trust has partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to convert some of the 36,000 tennis balls that get used during the Wimbledon Tournament into small homes for the mice.

They may seem like a strange idea, but these tennis ball houses have many practical purposes.

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They’re being installed as a means of encouraging the harvest mice to breed, but they may also prove helpful in getting a sense of harvest mice numbers, which are currently unknown.

They were also designed to make the mice as safe as possible from predators.

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The mice average about six grams in weight, so conservationists cut a hole in each tennis ball that’s big enough for them to get in, but small enough to keep predators like birds of prey and weasels out.

They’re also kept on poles about two to five feet from the ground to make the weasels even less curious. And they’ve been placed in nesting areas where humans aren’t likely to travel.

Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

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#7 Audrey Hepburn

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