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St Kilda's unusual meat-eating field mice


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Meat appears to have increasingly become part of the diet of St Kilda's unusual field mice.

The mice are thought to have arrived on the remote archipelago with the Vikings or with the isle's first residents.

A lack of predators and a need to adapt to the cold is believed to have played a part in why the mice can grow to twice the size of mainland field mice.

Scientists have noted the mice are eating meat by either preying on birds or scavenging on dead ones.

On the mainland, field mice mainly feed on seeds from trees, but also insects, berries, nuts and fungi.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-59964981

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2 hours ago, Still Waters said:

On the mainland, field mice mainly feed on seeds from trees, but also insects, berries, nuts and fungi.

Most of which are not, and never have been, available on Kilda

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