Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Horrible Discovery

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.

1 comment:

  1. 2 years ago I went to loan my portable (table-top) bbq to a friend. When I removed it from the shed, inside was a huge nest made from grass clippings the mice probably removed from the bottom of my mower. You never now what you'll find in sheltered places!

    Needless to say, my friend decided against borrowing the bbq, even after I offered to clean it, lol!