OK, let me start by saying that I love cute, cuddly little animals as much as — perhaps more than — the next person, and am free and easy with my utterances of “oooohhhhhh!!” when I see a puppy, a kitten, or any other fuzzy, adorable life form.
I must also be perfectly clear and acknowledge that I used to own a python, and we fed said python live mice and rats. I could never in the world kill an animal myself, but I willingly pitched rodents into the tank for the snake to dispatch in a relatively humane manner — until I reached a point where I just didn’t feel right doing it anymore.
I now follow these two somewhat incongruous statements with a warning that there’s a photo after the break showing a gadget that manages to elicit my strongest “oooohhhh, cute!” response while at the same time arousing the discomfort that caused me to find our python a new home.
I was both fascinated and mildly repulsed by an item I saw this morning on Disinformation regarding a gadget called, suitably enough, the Mouse Mouse. Apparently, if you have some taxidermy skills and a frozen, dead mouse (which are available for sale to those too squeamish to feed their reptiles live rodents), you can make your own Mouse Mouse for use around your House (um, House).