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

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Meow 3 months ago

Awwww this made me smile

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The 53-year-old has been a photographer from the age of 17. "I have been a dedicated wildlife photographer for the past 20 years and enjoyed every single second [of it]," he told Bored Panda. "Wildlife fascinates 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."

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Catlady6000 3 months ago

How you doin?

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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."

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Hope Floats 3 months ago (edited)

And here we have Minnie, modelling the new environmentally friendly coat, for the Autumn,with a matching dainty umbrella.. How stunning she looks..

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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."

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Hope Floats 3 months ago

I love this.. It's such a pretty picture and the little mice are adorable..

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"Harvest 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.

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Perfumista Perfumista 3 months ago

I now want to be a field mouse

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"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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TD Baker 3 months ago

this is better than human engagement photos!

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Laugh Fan 3 months ago

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

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Elsie 3 months ago

I sing the song of my people

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Lynn Biasini McElfresh 3 months ago

It lives in a tiny wreath!!!

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Rachel Metz 3 months ago

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

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Xavier Wescott 3 months ago

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

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Laugh Fan 3 months ago

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

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Andrew Reyes 3 months ago

They like opium too??

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MsM 3 months ago

That curly-q tail :)

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Sandy J Renfroe 3 months ago

Smaller than the flowers, cute enough to melt my heart

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Laugh Fan 3 months ago

Nooo - these are so prickly on my feets!

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Pretty Pangolin 3 months ago

The little hands! Eee!

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Lynn Biasini McElfresh 3 months ago

Dancing in daffodil clouds

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Amy Rayle 3 months ago

Stop and smell the roses.

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Xavier Wescott 3 months ago

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

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Lynn Biasini McElfresh 3 months ago

A lovely flower "bed" ..literally

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Kim Lorton 3 months ago

These taste just right!

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Laugh Fan 3 months ago

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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Andrew Reyes 3 months ago

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

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Margaret Walters 3 months ago

1 small reach for mouse kind

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Gloria Gaye Kendrick 3 months ago

I gotta have shoes! Humans have shoes! I want shoes!!!!

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Eric Roberts 3 months ago

in a field of poppies...poppies...poppies...

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Marjie Bennett 3 months ago

hey buddy ....

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Xavier Wescott 3 months ago

they're holding onto each other!

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Andy Workman 3 months ago

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

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The Girl on Fire 3 months ago

Ok, this is unbearably cute....

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Kim Lorton 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

🎶 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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Gwen Swain 3 months ago

These are absolutely gorgeous

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Cutest cheeks.

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

This is the best part.

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

This pic is other worldly

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Come onnn. That little determined face is perfection. 💕

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Those tiny hands.

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Kim Bush 2 months ago

Finally something to make me smile. These are priceless

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Omg. The whiskers!

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Gotta get the decorations up.

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

This is probably not what they meant when they said Tree Pose.

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Squirrel!!!

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Look at those toes hanging over.

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

The grass is always greener, Bertie

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Looks like a youth.

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Lynda Peterson 3 months ago

Wheeeeeeee.