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Dormouse fills up for winter snooze

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 15, 2012

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A dormouse filling up on food in readiness for winter hibernation didn't mind posing for a few photographs.

The cheeky chap was photographed by Richard and Donna Lawrence while helping himself to seeds and fruit left out for the birds in the village of Kilmington, near Axminster, Devon.

The rarely seen rodent, which is a protected species, was undaunted by the camera while he continued foraging for food from the bird table in Mrs and Mrs Lawrence's garden.

The couple also found the dormouse's intricate woven nest in the bush behind the bird-table where – once he had enjoyed his last meal for a few months – he will be curling up for a sleep.

The hazel dormouse pictured here spends much of its life asleep, either hibernating for six months over winter, or going into torpor to get through long periods without food.

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