Since first writing about the problems mice are having these days – see “Mouse traps become bridges” dated 1 April 2010 – it seems that the issue is much more widespread that I thought. Today the Daily Mail reports that another 3 mouse bridges have been built near Pontypridd at a cost of £190,000 !
That is not far from where I grew up, but I don’t remember mouse travel being such a problem when I was young. Indeed, the traps we had were designed to stop mice traveling quite so far. Thank goodness we now have environmental consultants who, for a small fee, can advise us about mouse rights.
Since the previous article was about mouse bridges in Somerset, it occurs to me that mice may wish to cross the Severn Bridge. I wonder what the mouse toll should be ? Maybe half a pound of cheddar.
If more and more mice are being killed on the roads each year, perhaps we should have a Department of Mouse Transport or a Mouse Czar.