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dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 17 2:09 pm    Post subject: mouse behavior, cargo cult ?  Reply with quote    

for a while i have been hosting sammy mouse and family in the woodshed.

the last 4 times i have provided a container of seeds etc they have taken the food and filled the container ( bag or coffee tin ) with sticks and bits of bark.

is this a developing cargo cult or is it normal long tailed behaviour to fill a food source with sticks and bark?


NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 17 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They're just paying their grocery bill.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 17 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe they're hoping you won't notice the swap out?

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 17 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

it could be either

i cannot see an advantage to collecting food and then filling the place it came from, in terms of concealing a resource cover it between shifts makes sense but the last one is a full on stuffing of an empty can

paying the bill or concealing the "theft" both make sense,sort of

as it worked first time with just a few sticks perhaps they are now going for the full stuffing in the hope of full cans? it seems a bit complex for mouse culture but it is a simple explanation of the observation.

they have me a bit confused but very likely to give more food to see what happens so it is working out ok for them

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 17 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Multiple containers of varying sizes? Maybe you can get them to sort their returns for you.

I picture you doing something like this by the end of the month: https://youtu.be/iGXYZwZEZa0

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 17 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

praps not

i might wire em for video though

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