Numerous cartoons, movies and comics argue that mice are very likely to love cheese. It is only worth putting a piece in a mousetrap, like rodent, without staging before the delicacy, runs out of his shelter and, risking life, will try to pick it up.
But what will happen if the cheese in the mousetrap is not in the cartoon, but in real life? Most likely, he will remain in it. The animal will not only be brought to cheese, but most likely will bypass it - after all, in fact, the mouse does not like cheese. And some of his species smell so much that sensitive mice will run away from the source of the smell, so, to some extent, the use of cheese in mousetrap really helps to get rid of mice, just running them.
David Holmes is a respected specialist, long years studying the behavior of animals, - on the basis of the experiments conducted, unambiguously stated that mice do not like cheese. Their main food consists of fruits of plants and cereals, and they most often do not pay attention to the cheeses.
But this applies only to those individuals that can extradite food. If the mouse is starving, then she will eat everything that he sees, not looking at any odors - just to be able to survive.
So where did the myth about mice loving cheese appear? It is known that he was popular before the emergence of numerous Disney cartoons. Another 2, 000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Seneca said in one of his letters: "The mouse is a syllable; But the mouse nibbles cheese, therefore, the syllable creates cheese. "
It can be assumed that in antiquity people were forced to carefully hide all their products from the ubiquitous parasites. It was not easy at this time of mice that could not get to human supplies. And only cheese that needed to keep in an open container so that during cooking he was able to "breathe." It turns out, the cheese was the only food that was available to mice, and they did not remain anything but there is an unloved product. Hence the misconception that mice adore cheese.
Of course, the above explanation looks stretched, but there is still no general opinion on mice and cheese, and disputes on this issue will continue for a long time.
Why is the myth that mice crazy from cheese, continues over the years only to strengthen, although it would seem, experts once again refute it? It's all about cartoons and comics: a mouse that clasped a huge httop of cheese, looks so comical that artists simply cannot refuse to use the picture that causes the smile of millions of viewers.