Determination. We all have it within us. To set out and get exactly what we want without being detoured. But how can you do that when there are so many obstacles (most of them extremely frightening) that stand between you and your goal?

Enter the mouse.

I was psyched to find this story below within my inbox last week by my buddy Paul. Paul loves to share things with a group of us. I am fortunate enough that he has stayed within the tactful realm of quirky images and inspiration stories and has yet to partake in the sending of chain emails that some of my friends seem to still send. So, when he sent this fantastic story of conviction and determination, I had to share with you. Enjoy!


The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project was astounded by the mouse’s behavior.

He said: “I have no idea where the mouse came from – he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself.”

“But the leopard was pretty surprised – she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened.”


“But even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill…It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked – he said he’d never seen anything like it before.”

Project owner Jackie James added: “It was so funny to see – Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.”

Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie ‘s late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent’s forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.



….so the mouse continued to eat the leopard’s lunch and show the leopard who was the Boss. Just proves no one can push you around without your permission.


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6 Responses

  1. Sondra

    The mouse is not the cat’s enemy, it is its helper.

    Some days the mouse helps the cat learn patience.
    Some days the mouse helps the cat love the tiny things in life.
    Some days the cat learns it must live to appreciate these things and that’s when the mouse gives its life for the life of one less prolific.
    It is when the cat loves what she eats that the mouse will teach one more lesson, gratitude for things less overt.

  2. Douglas Baumwall

    Leopards are one of my favorite animals, but only in contrived environments like the Santago Rare Leopard Project do captive animals fail to learn how to survive. The natural mechanism of survival of the fittest is required to preserve any species. I’m glad this facility closed and I refuse to support zoos.

  3. Andy

    What a funny pictures, it reminds me David against Goliath.
    The mouse is so brave…but probably the leopard don’t know that it’s edible 🙂


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