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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2009

Twirling in mice is usually caused by an inner ear infection. Since Cove's problem started overnight plus was not cured by antibiotics, she most likely had had a stroke. When the condition first developed she seemed very stressed by it, but over time she learned how to live with her handicap and returned to being a reasonably content little mouse again. She learned that if she really concentrated, she could still go in a straight line and leaning against walls also helped. The older mice in the colony seem to recognise that she is not right and they go out of their way to be nurturing and affectionate towards her, especially my special little mouse Bianca.

The mice are in the hospital tank being treated for respiratory and skin problems plus a possible inner ear infection in Cove's case.

There is one more possible cause for twirling mice: insanity caused by a life that is too monotonous and boring. A lot of research mice twirl because of the small, baren cages they live in. The proper term for this type of insanity is 'stereotypic behaviour'. I know Cove could not have this because my mousery is very large, with lots of interresting things to climb on and explore, access to an outside aviary and other mice to socialize with.

Music by Ehma (L'arrivee) Copyleft under free art license

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