(Text continues under the photo) The mouse in the picture above could not believe its eyes. The rodent had found shelter in the garden of the 44-year-old Simon Dell and that proved to be a perfect place. The Englishman had the mouse in the walls of his house and decided to surprise the little creature by building a miniature village for the animal. This includes small houses and some decoration...
A mouse in the garden
(Text continues under the photo) When Simon looked into the garden from his kitchen window one morning, he saw a little mouse, curiously and quietly scurrying around the house. Simon had to do something! The man in his forties was a passionate nature photographer and decided to combine this with his love for miniature objects.
His family soon followed
(Text continues under the photo) And so Simon thought of trying to get the mouse into his garden more often. So the little animal - which Simon had named George - came by every day because of the food that Simon was keeping ready. At some point, the two started to create some sort of a bond. The mouse then decided to bring along its family. And so, over time, Simon had no less than 5 mice walking around his garden.
The trust was quickly won
(Text continues under the photo) That was no problem at all for Simon. Instead of casting out the animals, he wanted them to return. That way he could make beautiful and original photographs. When Simon knew for sure that he had won the trust of the little creatures, he started to build his own mouse village.
The first mouse house
(Text continues under the photo) The first house that the enthusiast for miniature models built was created for George especially. When the rodent discovered the house the next morning, he went straight in. That was the time for Simon to take his camera and take some pictures carefully. The mouse turned out to not be bothered by that at all and Simon managed to take some great snapshots.
The village was decorated
(Text continues under the photo) Simon now only had one house but did not think it was fair to the other mice. And so he started to work on things a little. One after the other house was built. Slowly, it seemed to become a village. But there were still some attributes that needed sorting out a bit...
Miniature bikes and tools
(Text continues under the photo) And so Simon decided to add miniature bicycles and tools to the houses. It eventually resulted in a self-built miniature village in which the mouse family now leads a wonderful life.
Shelter for the mouse family
(Text continues under the photo) "It started with a house for that one mouse that I first saw. I called him George. He had a split ear. I put a few small tree trunks around a box to serve as a mouse house, and covered it with moss and straw to give the animal some shelter," Simon said.
Beware of cats
(Text continues under the photo) "I saw that the cats were lurking around during sunny days, so I put a fence around the garden so they could not get to George. I own a small Jack Russel Terrier, so the cats think twice before they come into the garden. My dog does not pay any attention to the mice, so that's all right. "
Is this a safe place?
(Text continues under the photo) "After a few days I saw that there were more mice in the woodpile, I decided to build a house for them, too. I wanted to give them a safe place to live. A place where they would not be prey for cats or other predators. It felt like my responsibility, I was the one who gave them food. I would feel guilty if they were eaten because of me. I wanted to create a beautiful environment as a background for the photos I wanted to take of them."
A pregnant mouse
(Text continues under the photo) "At the moment there are about 5 mice living in the village. The female - whom I call Mildred - is pregnant, as far as I can tell. I hope for a big mouse nest to develop! Mice can have 14 babies, so if that happens I have to build a lot of rooms. But I have room for it, so that does not matter. "
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