Stare into the Face of Death!

May 30, 2008

While doing some research on our live animals, I came across a very educational video on one of our most dangerous animals–the Egyptian Spiny Mouse!  Now, normally we do a very thorough amount of research before obtaining a new critter in our collection.  Apparently, we overlooked a minor detail of Acomys cahirinus:  “They are a rather ferocious rodent.”  

Tony Vecchio, Oregon Zoo Director, pointed this out in a short video made upon arrival of this life-threatening mouse. 

Dangerous Mice at the Oregon Zoo

After watching this video, you can now see why Chris and I are thanking our lucky stars that we still have all of our digits (and even our lives!) after many reckless encounters with our very own Egyptian Spiny Mouse :mrgreen:

Ferocious, man-eating, Egyptian Spiny Mouse!

Egyptian Spiny Mouse

Authored By Frances Zollinger

As a museum naturalist, Frances teaches wildlife classes, presents hands-on wildlife outreach programs, teaches summer camp, and helps care for the live animal collection.

One response to “Stare into the Face of Death!”

  1. Erin says:

    Love it! Our intern, Jessica, looked at the video and said “Aww…they look cute!” To which Steven replied, “That’s why you’d be the first to die.”

    Beware the Spiny Mouse!

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