The fate of this mouse is what is really what is important, I have no time to talk about my climb.
"Mice occasionally commit rodent suicide" No, I am pretty sure it was not suicide at all.
You guys are not even getting warm. I will have to give you another hint. The mouse drowned, and he drowned on the top of the cliff. I do not wish to belittle the fate of this little mouse, and I think it is sad, very sad. But it was a real drowning [http://www.operationtakemehome.org/sar/Fire%20and%20Rescue%20Personnel/Biology%20of%20drowning.pdf [see below]] And when I tell you all how this little grey unfortunate mouse drowned you will all be so sorry you made too many jokes.
All kidding aside, drowning is a very hard way to go, and no mouse with even a no good brain would want to kill himself like this mouse died.
"The usual sequence of events in a drowning is as follows:
Upon submersion, the victim holds his breath until forced to inhale. He gulps water. The water induces spasms of the larynx, which closes of the trachea to protect the lungs. Little water enters the lungs. With the trachea blocked by laryngospasms, no fresh air enters the lungs and the supply of oxygen begins to
fail. Lack of Oxygen, anoxia, affects the brain within 30 seconds the laryngospasms begin to weaken with imminent brain failure. The victim then inhales again, this time aspirating water into the lungs before a fresh spasm closes the trachea again but for a shorter duration. With each successive inhalation, more water is aspirated; anoxia increases, and
laryngospasm duration decreases until they are finally abolished and the lungs are filled with water. If drowning reaches this point, the chance of resuscitation is poor. While spasms
are still occurring and protecting the airway, resuscitation efforts are more likely to succeed. Recovery is such cases may occur spontaneously. For the person confronted with an unconscious individual freshly removed from the water, anesthesiologists have recommended the following guideline:
If the victim is breathing, he will recover spontaneously and resuscitation is not required. If the victim is not breathing, the pulse should be checked. If there is a pulse, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If there is no pulse begin CPR. Rapid recovery of a drowned person is of vital importance to the victim's family and local law enforcement. Insurance settlements, pensions, contracts and estate problems may be delayed indefinitely pending recovery and identification of the body."
The Mohonk Mountain House and the Mohonk Preserve have done a great job protecting the environment thus far, but ... it's all down hill from here http://youtu.be/9AU8fMo8v4k.