A Brave Mouse Stood Up To A Cat In A True 'Stuart Little Moment'
Dad Stephan McDonald had been making a brew in the kitchen on Friday (22 May) when he heard a commotion coming from his living room in Birmingham.
When he went to investigate what was going on, the 43-year-old spotted a tiny 'ball of fluff' facing-off with his daughter's cat Kiara, and decided to get a photo of the scene.
Stephen said: "It was around 3pm and I was making a sly cup of coffee when I was supposed to be at work.
"I heard this noise and I entered the living room to what looked like my daughter Diana's cat Kiara exchanging words with a ball of fluff near the French doors.
"I realised the fluff was in fact a tiny mouse and thought there's no consideration for social distancing in the animal world."
But even more surprising to Stephen than the tête-à-tête was that it appeared to be the same mouse one-year-old Kiara had brought into the home three weeks ago.
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To celebrate the sheer bravery shown by the mouse, the family have now dubbed him Stuart after the movie character.
He added: "Stuart didn't appear phased or in distress in any way at all, he stood his ground compared to the giant cat who seemed to offer mutual respect.
"As I watched Kiara tapped him in a gentle way with her paw and Stuart walked around her in a circle.
"Eventually Stuart headed off back into the garden, but we look forward to another visit from him in the not too distant future."
But we know that mice are no shrinking violets. Earlier this year, footage shared on social media showed two mice scrapping on the platform of a the London Underground.
The dispute doesn't appear to have been settled by the end of the video either, which ends with one mouse giving chase after the other (though their brawling is too chaotic for me to work out which is which at this point).
The cause of the bust-up is not clear. Perhaps something was said about the house of one mouse, or maybe they're just a bit narky 'cause people aren't dropping food everywhere like usual.
Whatever sparked the kick off, this is by no means the first time mice have done battle on a London Underground platform. In fact, two mice have actually had an award-winning fight at a London Underground platform.
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