The Perfectly Preserved Fetuses of Baby Mice (Photo)

I apologize if the photo is disturbing. Its meant to capture the beauty of life...the frailty. The strange humanoid commonality in something as common as a mouse.

We all know life is short. Each of us has been touched by life and death in a profound way. Those of use who have feline companions know too well the gruesome discovery that can sometimes be found early in the morning after a good night's hunt.

One night, I'd been cleaning when I saw the remains of a mouse. Literally, just the remains. Typically I'd clean and sterilize the area and be thankful there is no poison for my cats to ingest and one less mouse to damage our home - although I still feel sad at their demise. Something was obviously different with these remains. A strange, blood red pearl necklace lay on my carpet in the shadows. I grabbed a flash-light and found to my amazement, perfectly preserved fetuses of several mice.

My initial thought was shock. In over 10 years of owning cats, never have I seen such a beautiful sign of life and the process of it. Such an amazing thing it was, to see the almost humanoid features of these tiny little mice. It angered me that they had lost both their mother and their lives. I could only hope they'd died quickly upon the demise of their mother and didn't suffer. The injustice of such tiny life being extinguished overrode any sense of grossness or even right or wrong. As a photographer, I felt it was my duty to provide these tiny mice a life that they never were able to enjoy. To document their existence in such a way that they could still survive...forever. So I grabbed my Raynox DCR-250, 580EXII and did the best I could. I've since purchased a macro lens, but I think this single photo has enough impact despite being captured with only a macro filter.

After photographing, I lovingly buried the tiny mice and hoped that they were at peace. My heart melted at the tiny little hands. Almost human. So amazing. So sad. 

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If you like my photo, Cambridge University has a video of different developmental stages: here.