At first, 72-year-old Stephen Mckears wondered if he was going mad.
Mckears, who lives in Severn Beach in England, said he started noticing something strange when he found small objects from his shed neatly organized into bins.
Items that Mckears had left out on his workbench had been neatly put away, but he did not understand how it was happening.
The retired electrician saw the oddity repeat night after night, so he started experimenting by purposely leaving plastic clips, nuts, bolts and screws about the shed.
Sure enough, the next morning, Mckears would find that all the items had been put away.
“The heaviest thing was the plastic attachment at the end of a hosepipe and the chain of an electric drill,” Mckears told the Daily Mail. “I didn’t know what it was at first. The kids were saying it was a ghost.”
He asked his neighbor, Rodney Holbrook, for help setting up a trail camera inside the shed to see if they could catch whoever — or whatever — was at work overnight.
The men were stunned when they saw a small mouse scurry out and immediately get to work lifting and organizing the bits of hardware that Mckears left out.
Holbrook said that when Mckears told him what was on the camera, he had to come over and see the footage for himself.
“I’ve been calling him Metal Mickey but some people have been saying he’s just mouse proud,” Holbrook said. “I was quite amazed to see it — it is an amazing mouse.”
According to veterinarian Laurie Hess, the mouse was behaving quite normally for rodents.
“They are definitely gatherers, whether it’s food or objects,” Hess told Inside Edition. “They have been known to gather and line up things, pick up things.”
While many people feel that mice and other rodents are filthy animals, Hess said many rodents are obsessed with maintaining a tidy environment.
“They’re actually very clean and they’re very meticulous,” Hess said. “They are just innately very organized and very neat.”
The question now is how to hire these mice to do all the housekeeping chores in our own homes.
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