Tonight when I pulled my lawnmower out of my shed I found 3 dead baby mice on the bottom of the main part of the mower. It was awful. I didn't know how they got there, why their Mom would have just left them there - so I just removed them from the mower and mowed the lawn.
It wasn't until I finished that I made th 2nd horrible discovery - that there was a nest built inside the engine of the lawn mower - and that the babies had obviously fallen out of the nest and died. And when I was sticking my finger in the nest it was extremely hot and I don't know if the engine has parts where the nest were that has moving parts that might have hurt anything that might have still been in there.
When I was taking pictures of the dead babies I didn't hear any noises coming out of the lawn mower, so maybe the dead babies were all the babies that the Mom had had and she'd already moved on. I hope that's what had happened. I'd hate to think that I also killed what had also been left.
I guess I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on my lawn mower. It never occurred to me that something like a mouse would make a nest inside of it. You learn something new every day.