Mouse Fun Facts
The word mouse means “thief.”—same meaning as the word ferret: though ferret is a Latin word and mouse is a 4,000-year-old Sanskrit word.
According to a study by Dr. Tim Holy, male mice sing squeaky love songs when smelling or seeing an attractive female. The squeaks are very high pitched that humans can’t hear them (30kHz-100kHz). While studying these sounds, Dr. Holy found a musical pattern in them and compared them to bird songs.
Mice breed year round.
Mice can start breeding before they reach 2 months old.
Mice gestation period is less than 3 weeks (about 20 days).
Each litter has about 8-14 pups.
Each female mouse can have 5-10 litters each year.
A single female mouse can deliver 120 or more mice each year.
New born are hairless and have closed eyes and ears.
Mice life span is 1 to 2 years.
Mickey Mouse: The Most Popular Mouse
Walt Disney drew the mouse and named him Mortimer Mouse. His wife Lillian suggested Mickey Mouse.
The first appearance of a Mickey Mouse in a production was Steamboat Willies (November 18, 1928).
Walt Disney himself was the first voice of Mickey Mouse and continued to be for almost 20 years (until 1946).
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