For your daily dose of Cute! :-)
Originally posted on EcologyEscapades:
This months’ dormouse check at Scotney Castle is the last month of recording for the Dormouse Monitoring Programme. It is also the month when dormice start moving down from the tree tops towards the ground to get ready for hibernation, so I was hoping to see one in torpor (asleep). We did. And my god are they cute! When dormice are disturbed they begin to wake up, so by the time we got round to weighing him he was active, if a bit bleary-eyed. During warm weather like this morning, this isn’t too much of a problem and he could just fall back asleep afterwards, but we kept handling to a minimum.
This little fellow weighed about 30 grams, which is a good weight to see dormice through the winter. When in hibernation, their metabolism slows right down and their temperature drops to that of the surrounding environment in order to conserve…
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