Wimbledon Goes to the ... Mice?

July 10, 2011 | By Kristen Seymour | Category: Entertainment | 3 comments
Tags: strange but true, entertainment, small pets

Photo Courtesy of Lakes Aquarium.

Recycled tennis balls make cozy small animal homes.

It's not unusual to incorporate recycled items into pet products. We have dog beds designed to be stuffed with old blankets and clothes and cat furniture made from recycled materials. But what about making your house mice a little more comfortable?

The Lakes Aquarium, located in Cambria, U.K., has done just that by using tennis balls from this year's Wimbledon Championships to create homes and toys for their resident rodents. The balls, provided by the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, were all used in this year's tournament and, of course, have undergone a few rodent-friendly renovations.

The balls are now equipped with holes, allowing the mice to climb inside for a cozy, spherical shelter. But even more interesting is the fact that the mice can use these for zorbing, or rolling in an orb -- something that appears to be as much fun for mice as it is for adventure-seeking humans!

A spokesman for the Museum said, "The All England Lawn Tennis Club does all it can to re-use balls left on its hands at the end of Wimbledon fortnight with many being sold for charity, but most requests are related to much more mundane future uses than that suggested by Lakes Aquarium. We could hardly refuse to send some, once we heard that this was a re-housing project!"

Awww, how warm and fuzzy does that make you feel? Or does the idea of warm, fuzzy house mice curling up in specially-made homes give you a slightly different feeling?

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
2 years ago

That's a good idea UNLESS the mice start making loud grunts and other obnoxious noises when they are around tennis balls....

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Ches21
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Ches21
2 years ago

Oh what a cute picture! I remember when I had Feisty her favorite thing to do was to play in old toilet paper rolls. Mr. Cheesey and Mr. Sqeaks when I had them they just enjoyed pigging out on food. As for when I had the rats Lucky and Wild they had a favorite toy which happened to be my dads cat Tickles.

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