mice song biology

Singing Mice

Songsters with a lust for cheese

It is certainly true that unsubstantiated claims of all sorts of unusual animal behaviours have been made in that past either for reasons of sensationalism or simply because of faulty observations and ignorance. Sometimes, however, observations were correct, but sounded incredulous like for example honey-indicator birds in Africa leading humans to the nests of wild bees, beaver mothers carrying their young on their front paws or the Amphiprion clownfish feeding their sea-anemone partners. Another incredible story is that of singing mice and guinea pigs. Known from several reports in the last century, this behaviour apparently became rarer all the time and now may be at the verge of extinction. Continue reading