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Mice on ice are nice for famished feline...

Anita Guidera

Published 23/12/2010 | 05:00

THE snow provided little camouflage for this tiny mouse out foraging for food.

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It was easily spotted by an equally hungry cat that pounced with ease on the rodent after a classic game of cat-and-mouse in the snow.

The scene was chanced upon by amateur photographer Sally-Ann Mullholland in the back garden of her home in Carrickfin, Co Donegal, yesterday.

The bank official spent more than 40 minutes watching the neighbour's cat Larsson size up its prey before playing with and then pouncing on it.

In one 'Tom and Jerry' like moment, the mouse even managed to escape its predator and make a dash for freedom, but not for long.

Concentrating

Moving like lightning, Larsson, like its former footballer namesake, caught up with the mouse and devoured him.

Sally-Ann was so mesmerised by the action that she never even thought to intervene.

"It was brilliant just watching Larsson concentrating so hard on flushing out the mouse and then playing with him before pouncing.

"He nearly got away but I think Larsson knew what he was doing all along," she laughed.

Her husband, Paddy Ban Gallagher and the couple's newborn baby, Aoibhe, watched the action from the living room window of their Carrickfin home.

Irish Independent

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