|Four-Striped Grass Mouse (Streepmuis - Rhabdomys pumilio) being cute|
I love this photo. The mouse looks so adorable balancing on the twigs to sniff at the peanut butter I left there. This youngster must have been very curious about the strange new smell.
|A closer view of the sniffing|
I don't use bait or scents often, but I noticed a tiny amount of peanut butter on the side of my lunchbox after I finished my sandwich and carefully tried to get some onto a twig. I didn't think it would be enough to attract the attention of anything passing by underneath, but it was insanely hot and I was starting to get more delusional than usual and thought I'd give it a shot.
|The camera was placed next to a little runway used by the mice between the two shrubs|
This is not the first time I've had a Four-Striped Grass Mouse home in on a deposit of peanut butter. A few month ago I tried the same trick and again our little striped friend was quick to pay it a visit.
|Digging into some peanut butter (the good stuff, old school Black Cat, not those "plastic" versions)|
At first I was surprised that the huge Eland also seemed to respond strongly to the peanut butter (and sunflower seeds), but by now I assume they must have an excellent sense of smell since they consistently home in on any place I use peanut butter. By now I think twice before using peanut butter at Koeberg since the Eland tend to knock over the camera traps.
|Eland (Eland - Tragelaphus oryx) homing in on the peanut butter|