Saturday, August 13, 2005

And Now... "Mice In The News"


My son sent me this news clipping...

Surf's up for Australian rodents!
Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:40 AM ET

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia -- land of sun, sand and ... surfing mice?

Australian Shane Willmott is training three mice, named Harry, Chopsticks and Bunsen, to surf small waves on tiny mouse-size surf boards at beaches on the country's Gold Coast. The mice are put through rigorous bathtub training and then some have their fur dyed when it is time to hit the beach.

"Usually if he is surfing big waves, I usually color his hair up. Because he's white, when he gets in the whitewash it's hard to find him," Willmott told Australian television.

Despite Willmott's training, Harry, Chopsticks and Bunsen -- who live in miniature custom-made villas and own specially made jet skis -- are proving no threat to world champion Kelly Slater just yet.















Now don't tell me that I am obsessed with rodents! Isn't it amazing what you can find in the news?

11 comments:

Alisa said...

That is too cool!

PBS said...

That's so cute! I just hope they don't get lost in a big wave though.

L said...

omygawd!

Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said...

That is...well...hilarious! See? Idle hands aren't always a bad thing. ;)

frustratedwriter said...

Luckily the fish haven't caught on to the availability of a quick snack slicing through the waves. I'm impressed at this guy's ability to train them!

Rhodent said...

I'm not sure if they are really trained, or just holding on for dear life!

Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Okay I am going to try and quit laughing. Were do people get all this time?
Ralph

L said...

RE: Lamb

I tried a new lamb recipe on some friends (for Cynthia's birthday), in the hopes that they could be guinea pigs for a family dinner-- turned out even better than my lasagna!!!

we need to figure out a Sunday evening where you,Dad, Allison, and BAR can all come over -- it was great!

Cliff Morrow said...

You are obsessed with rodents, rhodent. So am I, but I'm currently out of d-con.

Brooklyn said...

I SAW THAT STORY ON THE NEWS THE OTHER NIGHT AND COULDN'T STOP LAUGHING - I THOUGHT OF YOU THE WHOLE TIME!!!!

Julie said...

I guess there are degrees of obsession, heh heh. Did you catch that about dying the white one so it wouldn't get lost in the whitewash? Too funny!