By Laura Doering
Do you share your private home with a member of the Muridae household, particularly a Mus musculus? Not certain? Well, if the sound of a squeaky wheel resonates through the night time, otherwise you spy a bit critter curled up quick asleep through the day, you may simply have the small critter companion known as a elaborate mouse, home mouse or, extra merely put … a mouse.
Mice have been so frequent for therefore lengthy that they’ve a Latin identify all to themselves — Mus is a direct translation to “mouse.” Interestingly, musculus is the Latin phrase for “muscle,” so you can say that the mouse actually is a Mighty Mouse — as within the animated superhero of the identical identify featured in films and Saturday morning cartoons.
If you’re in search of the proper identify on your little mouse companion, there are loads extra well-known mice from which to attract inspiration. The magical world of Disney provides us essentially the most well-known mouse pair on the planet: Mickey and Minnie. There’s additionally Stuart Little, an ideal identify for a white mouse, as that’s the most important character of the 1945 youngsters’s novel by E.B. White and the 1999 theatrical launch.
Mice could be fast, which makes the Looney Tunes caricature Speedy Gonzales, or simply Speedy, a befitting identify. Another mouse from the Big Screen is Mr. Jingles, a white mouse that fills a pivotal position within the Oscar-nominated film The Green Mile (1999).
Mice are additionally curious creatures and that curiosity can get them into some tough conditions, which is why Danger Mouse, the identify of the British cartoon superhero with a robust resemblance to James Bond, belongs on the identify’s checklist. Other popular culture names to contemplate embrace Jerry, the smaller accomplice of the favored cartoon duo Tom and Jerry. There’s additionally The Itchy & Scratchy Show, which is a fictional animated TV collection featured on the true animated TV present The Simpsons. Much like Tom and Jerry, Itchy the mouse has a nemesis cat, Scratchy.
© Courtesy of Lauren Paul
Groups of mice on the North Star Rescue may be given names based mostly on a theme.
So Many Mice, So Many Names
If you ran a mouse rescue group, how would give you names — a lot of names — for the little prices in your care? For Lauren Paul, founder and present director of know-how at North Star Rescue within the San Francisco Bay Area, you pull from a number of inspirations.
“We come up with names for mice in lots of different ways, sometimes it’s based on their appearance,” Paul mentioned. “For example, we had a big, chubby, orange mouse we named Cheddar Biscuit because he was quite biscuit-shaped.”
When North Star Rescue receives a gaggle of mice surrendered collectively, its go-to naming instrument is to present the group a reputation after which give people names related to that group.
“That might mean they all get food names — Waffles, Chocolate, Peanut; plant-based names — Lilly, Petunia, Tulip; or even astrological names — Leo, Orion, Venus,” Paul mentioned.
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Lucinda Rideout says that mice wish to have names with the S sound in them.
Lucinda Rideout of Saint Nicholas Mouse Rescue in Virginia says her mice (and rats) often identify themselves.
“I think they telepathically communicate such things. I may give them a name, but if they ignore me, I wait to see what they want to be called,” Rideout mentioned. “Sometimes I go through a list, and if the mouse/rat responds, then I continue to call them that.”
Rideout provides that mice like “ssss” sounding names as a result of they hear and communicate ultrasonically. “However, many of my mice have such names as Basil, Nicholas, Nina, Pinta, Isabella and Rufus.”
When coping with a big household colony of mice, Rideout usually goes with a gaggle identify, and addresses them collectively, akin to saying “Hello girls” for her lady group of mice.
“In the beginning, I named some of my colony mice by a theme such as: Queen Isabella, Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. With so many in my rescue, and my failing memory, I only name a few favorites.”
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