You don’t have to go to far on my blog to find some of the tough and murky history of East London. Whatever else you have to look out for in the East-End, even I had presumed the mice and rats that you sometimes see are harmless.
It seems though that the tough neighbourhood has made even cute little mice become hardened rodents as can be seen here in what seems to be a fist-fight between two mice on a platform of London Underground.
Professors at Imperial College London have found that their stressful living conditions have changed these resilient rodents’ biochemistry: they move faster and eat less than their above-ground counterparts.
Living hundreds of feet underground and miles from the open tracks is bound to make even the most gentle of creatures crack under the strain.
We’ve had warnings of course but we have ignored them, like this sign at Farringdon Station in 2012 which people tried to laugh off as a result of a prank.
The photo of the fighting mice was actually taken by Bristol based photographer Sam Rowley and is one of the great entries into the Natural History Museums Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London’s Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways.
I’ll be off to Farringdon as part of a pub tour in a few days, I’ve taken the liberty to schedule posts until early January but if my blog stops here then you know I ran into some trouble!