Assumptions about what was moving things around the shed ranged from being a fragment of imagination to a ghost activity!
This is definitely going to be a story that you'd imagine to be a Disney movie, but you'd be shocked to know it happened in real life! You know how animals are usually helpers, in movies like Cinderella and Ratatouille, but a tiny mouse has been tidying a pensioner's garden shed and it's been caught on camera! 72-year-old Stephen Mckears noticed how things were repeatedly being moved around in his shed at Severn Beach, South Gloucester. Initially, he thought nothing of it, but it seemed quite suspicious when plastic clips appeared in an old ice cream tub filled with peanuts which he keeps to feed the birds, reports Daily Mail.
Mouse Is Caught On Camera Cleaning Up A Man’s Shed At Night pic.twitter.com/OmbZnXjpWJ— Imran Jutt (@imranjuttim) March 20, 2019
As each night passed, more things began to accumulate in the ice-cream tub. Stephen thought he was imagining things, and he scattered the contents of the tub across the shed, questioning his sanity, only to find out that all of it had been cleaned by the morning. This happened for weeks, where he saw large screws, plastic leads, nuts, and bolts neatly filed away. He had to solve the mystery because it was messing with his head, so finally, he decided to set up a trail camera to uncover the mystery guest.
He sought his neighbor, Rodney Holbrook's help to film whatever it was that took place in his shed overnight. They were not prepared to come to terms with what they saw, since the camera caught a MOUSE tidying the shed up, even attempting to lift things that were twice its size. "I've been calling him Brexit Mouse because he's been stockpiling for Brexit. The heaviest thing was the plastic attachment at the end of a hosepipe - and the chain of an electric drill," said Stephen.
"I didn't know what it was at first. The kids were saying it was a ghost. One day I emptied the tub out and spread the contents on the side - and the next day they were all back in again. I thought I was going mad," he added. Stephen's friend Rodney is a wildlife photographer and he was quite keen on seeing the mouse himself. He said, "I've been calling him Metal Mickey but some people have been saying he's just mouse proud."
"I was quite amazed to see it - it is an amazing mouse. Steve asked if he could use my trail camera to film whatever it was that was moving the objects in his shed. The mouse was chucking things into the box - we thought it was a ghost or something at first. I thought I have to see this for myself," added Rodney. The two of them managed to capture the mouse tidying away the metal objects from around midnight to 2. 30 a.m., something it has been doing every night for around a month.
Stephen added, "It was doing it for about two hours that night - he must have had to go for a night of sleep after it. I've seen a mouse moving objects to make a nest but never metal objects. It's quite amazing. It's still busy doing it now." People were so impressed with what the mouse did that they were hoping a mouse like that would turn up at their house, too. One user wrote on Facebook: I am willing to pay the mouse any amount of cheese it wants if it comes and shows my kids how to tidy up !!
Another user wrote: The mouse has been contacted by the DWP and is now being sanctioned for not declaring unpaid work done. Is reincarnation an option, as one user wrote: Probably a reincarnated Mom who is cussing under her breath the whole time wondering why he can’t put his stuff away! Some others spoke about how cleaning up is therapeutic: This observation explains beyond doubt that putting things away sparks joy in the brain - a major breakthrough in the study of nature. This world truly is amazing!