Even though the lifespan of a harvest mouse is just 18 months, its days are filled with adventures. Being Europe's smallest rodent, it is the only British mammal to have a prehensile tail, giving it the ability to grasp plant stems as it moves through long vegetation. And probably no photographer has captured these little acrobats as well as Dean Mason from Dorset, United Kingdom.

More info: deanmasonwildlifephotography.co.uk | Facebook | Instagram

The 53-year-old has been a photographer from the age of 17. "I have been a dedicated to wildlife photography for the past 20 years and enjoyed every single second [of it]," he told Bored Panda. "Wild animals fascinate me for many reasons: It's always challenging and I thrive on a challenge. I love the peace and tranquillity of nature and the outdoors, and I have always suffered from anxiety, so having spent 1000s of hours by myself with nature and my camera equipment, I've always found it to be therapeutic and calming."

"I am the owner of Windows on Wildlife hides and harvest mice photographic workshops in Dorset, UK," Mr. Mason said. "I breed captive-bred harvest mice and am fully licensed under the new DEFRA animal welfare legislation to do so. We offer other wildlife photographers the opportunity to photograph our harvest mice under controlled conditions, however, our mice are free to do as they please – they are never handled so never get stressed."

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Xavier Wescott
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

man these guys are small, or that is one really big dandelion.

Mary Rose Kent
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Here...I picked this just for you.”

Nancy Rose
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is just the cutest little puff ball ever!!

MsM
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

FABulous!

Imitating
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my gosh the cuteness is overwhelming!

sharron lynn parsons
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So adorable, I love little creatures as well as the big ones, I have a passion for nature, perhaps it was many months ago, on BP, there was a story of a man who had mice in his garden, he fed them and created little nesting areas, providing safety from the cold, excellent on BP !!!

Barbara Baxendale
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love how it's holding a little umbrella !!

ptm45
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when a field mice farts....poof!

Charlotte Ayers
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes you gotta stop and take in the view!

Lynda Peterson
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Does this make my butt look big?"

Gloria Gaye Kendrick
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

REmarkable!!!! Beauty of the world we rarely get the chance to see....

sharron lynn parsons
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bless you, I am unable to participate, enjoy for me !!!

sharron lynn parsons
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If they lived a longer life, I would want some, however, I have two cats !!!

Sara Mccracken
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

actually this one lives at Hogwarts and is in the process of casting a spell with her wand...

Spike
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So these are animals that are not kept in their natural environment ?("I breed captive-bred harvest mice") just so someone can make money out of workshops with their captive bred mice.

lilys grapes
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

mice says "dis is da life. it ain't monday yet, so I'll just hide in here"

Avis Holt
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The new look in "high fashion" … it's called magic wand!

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"I am the owner of Windows on Wildlife hides and harvest mice photographic workshops in Dorset, UK," Mr. Mason said. "I breed captive-bred harvest mice and am fully licensed under the new DEFRA animal welfare legislation to do so. We offer other wildlife photographers the opportunity to photograph our harvest mice under controlled conditions, however, our mice are free to do as they please – they are never handled so never get stressed."

"The tiny mice are ... natural climbers so we give them various plants, stems, flowers for them to climb upon which offers opportunities for photographic images." Also, captive-bred harvest mice are used by many wildlife centers for displaying to the public due to their incredibly small size which makes spotting them in the wild almost impossible.

"Photographing harvest mice is fascinating. They can be incredibly quick and offer a challenge to photograph," Mr. Mason continued. "They are incredibly acrobatic and fun to watch, always giving the aww factor! They are never shy to pose for the camera and this is why hundreds of photographers take the opportunity to visit us on our photography workshops in Dorset."

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Doesn't have strong enough puff to use a dandelion clock! Deep breath...

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Rachel Metz
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like this little guys getting drunk on rotten apple. He looks hung over

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Xavier Wescott
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just got the "Mission Impossible" Theme running through my head when I saw this XD.

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Trying to hold the flower under the chin so we can see if mousey likes butter!

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MsM
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That curly-q tail :)

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Sandy J Renfroe
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Smaller than the flowers, cute enough to melt my heart

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Laugh Fan
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nooo - these are so prickly on my feets!

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Xavier Wescott
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am hidden. I can not see you, you can not see me, therefore, I am hidden!

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Laugh Fan
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Whew, finally got up enough puff to blow most of the dandelion seeds away - think it might be a hundred o'clock!

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Oh Earl, we've been spotted! I told you this was a bad idea"

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Andy Workman
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am a thistle. This is not the harvest mouse you are looking for...

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Kim Lorton
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jackie paused, mid jump. He saw Annalise was trying to jump to him, and he didn’t want to mess that up! For he loved Annalise like no other... if only she knew it...

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Mary Rose Kent
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🎶 Would you like to chew on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar, or be better off than you are, or would you rather be the cutest thing anyone’s ever seen! 🎶

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