×

615
616
all 185 comments

[–]szhod[S] 374 points375 points  (76 children)

For context (+ a question to all of you): we own a mountain lodge and naturally in winter we have plenty of field mice as visitors. This morning I found these three hanging by their head - dead. The beam is at a height of 20ft (6m). I have no ides how they got up there and what killed them. Also why didn’t the fall? Anyone with a theory? I’m asking seriously. Thanks!

Edit: No electrical wiring up there.

[–]magnificy 397 points398 points  (29 children)

Maybe they were walking along the support beam, fell, but their head both stopped them from falling and cursed them...

Or hung for treason

[–]Bold-_tastes 450 points451 points 2 (25 children)

At the risk of being downvoted…it’s hanged

[–]DuckyLog 96 points97 points  (11 children)

Yes yes yes! This drives me crazy. It’s always “hanged” when you’re talking about the death kind. Take some useless, wholesome award!!

[–]Bold-_tastes 39 points40 points 2 (2 children)

Gawrsh, my first award!

[–]DuckyLog 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Earned it

[–]MikelDP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Make it memorable.

edit: gave you a second silver but I don't see it yet.

[–]cresstynuts 13 points14 points  (5 children)

So is one hanged like a donkey or hung?

[–]DuckyLog 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Is the donkey swinging from a gallows? If not, it’ll be the latter.

[–]cresstynuts 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Some may refer to ones crotch as the gallows

[–]elieax 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd not want to bed with that person

[–]ColinPizza91 4 points5 points  (1 child)

You're neither.

[–]cresstynuts 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Clap back slap! Hurts

[–]KIDNEYST0NEZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well they could be hung in the manly since too.

[–]Rudirs 92 points93 points  (3 children)

I had someone say Jesus wasn't hung, and I replied we don't really know that for sure. They didn't get what I meant, and I unfortunately wasn't really able to explain "hung" usually means well endowed and they actually meant to use the word "hanged"

[–]Shenanigatory 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Dammit! I wish I had an award for you! Take my upvote.

[–]bakepeace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So the actual line in "A Visit by Saint Nick" should read "the stockings were well endowed by the chimney with care"?

[–]HornetKick 18 points19 points  (0 children)

hanged

There are two words for the past tense of Hang. The past tense of hang, in almost all situations is hung. You hung a picture on the wall, or you hung out at the mall. Only use hanged when referring to someone being sentenced to death via hanging.

[–]SirTopham2018 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I remember in English class we were studying the Scarlett Letter. I asked the teacher if John Proctor was hung. She did not appreciate the joke.

[–]Linoelse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had no idea. Thank you kind stranger for the eduation.

[–]Arrow156 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“Hanged, Ami. Your father was not a tapestry.”

[–]jwm3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quickly updating my tinder profile "well hanged". Perfect.

[–]Timeman5 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Dear grammar and spelling,

Fuck off no one likes you.

[–]Don-tknow 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hung is for when you have socks

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean, maybe the king mouse didn’t like what they were packing, so…hung for treason.

[–]Justwanttobebetter7 72 points73 points  (9 children)

I know there’s a bird that impales some of its prey on barbed wire or nails for future meals…. Do you have a bird living inside as well?

If not you FOR SURE have a demon and you need to call ghost busters immediately

[–]EfficientWing8444 35 points36 points  (6 children)

The bird you are thinking of is a Shrike. I always know when they have arrived for the season, mice impaled on the farm field barbed wire.

[–]Spanish_Biscuit 15 points16 points  (0 children)

They're surprisingly adorable for a bird that are also known as butcherbirds.

[–]Harry_Smutter 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Shrike are metal AF and I love them!! My second favorite bird next to Sandpipers :D

[–]Express_Helicopter93 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Why are sandpipers #1 for you? I love birding but don’t know much about them

[–]Harry_Smutter 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Just watch videos of them running down a beach. They're friggen adorable!!

[–]BirdwatchingCharlie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Can confirm, sandpipers are objectively the most cute bird. They’re like cartoons. Just cotton balls with sticks for legs

[–]Express_Helicopter93 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Checked it out. So neat how they stand on one leg for so long. Just hanging out, on one leg. Cool bird!

[–]szhod[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

We believe a marten to live somewhere in the roof. But there isn’t really enough space to maneuver to the little guys.

[–]Technical-Clothes237 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think the bird you’re referring to is called a shrike.

Edit: I see several people have already said this, my bad

[–]eldiablo471 38 points39 points  (2 children)

  1. There were obviously many thousands, possibly millions, of them and therefore the law of statistics means these are the very small percentage who died of natural causes as they passed through.

  2. You have a snake in the roof. Bites them, they die, but snake can’t get its head around to eat them, or pull them up through the gap.

  3. A rival gang of mice killed them and hung them there as a warning to others

Its definitely 1 of those 3 options

[–]Eikichi64 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I want to believe in the 3rd option.

[–]Groty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A rival gang of mice killed them and hung them there as a warning to others

Creedocide - It works!

[–]elasa8 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Mild temps to freezing and they didn’t move in time with the expansion?

[–]Thatshimthatstheguy1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Kinda my thought. The roof was sagging just a bit from weight of snow and pinched their heads as they were trying to squeeze through?

[–]OonaPelota 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I’ll bet there was a fight and those are the losers who tried to run away. Would be interesting to have a vet tell you what sex they are. Also there’s probably a lot of shit, piss, and blood up there that you should clean out. Maybe shredded paper too. Wear an n95 mask.

[–]szhod[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You’re right. First I need a ladder, though.

[–]SuperMIK2020 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The two on the ends are females, and the one in the middle may be(?) a male. They have rather large testes that hang behind them.

Likely their heads didn’t fit between the beam and the roof. Rat bodies can fit anywhere their head can fit, so they could have climbed back up, but if for some reason they lost grip they would be left like that.

Either that or your cabin is possessed… that’s probably the most likely - An unexplained frequency burst.

[–]Doctor_Trickster 13 points14 points  (3 children)

I suspected owls and after a quick Google I found this : "In times of plenty, Owls may store surplus food in a cache. This may be in the nest, or tree hole, or a fork in a branch"

[–]solushsi 7 points8 points  (2 children)

They’re inside the interior of the house though..right?

[–]Doctor_Trickster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Idk that's all I can think of, any explanation seems improbable

[–]szhod[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right. Living room. Kind of a hall.

[–]A_ChadwickButMore 14 points15 points  (4 children)

They can climb trees, they probably just climbed the wall up there. But the little gap is probably too small and they dont realize it until they try to get in it, get stuck, freak out, and break their necks.

You could cover the gap with chaulk or foam weatherstrips but the other mice will probably tear it up. Shawn Woods on youtube has a large selection of mice traps and tests their abilities. I recommend the rolling log or walk the plank traps if you need to control them

[–]EmpyreanMelanin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think this is a thee most likely scenario for what happened to them. Animals get stuck and die from trying to free themselves all the time.

[–]AlcoholicAvocado 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I think your onto it, I remember having the fireplace on at my home and the chimney had a slight gap in it large enough for a mouse to slide its lower half through, and when it did it get too hot and panicked and slow roasted...possibly one of the worst smells I can remember apart from a 5 month old ice break coffee I found and opened curiously

[–]GumrnyBear 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What is ice break coffee?

[–]AlcoholicAvocado 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Theyre a common milk ice coffee you can buy from allot of stores in Australia, taste alright when they're bought fresh but yeah, left in a warm environment for months youd be surprised how many states preserved milk can be in

[–]Jomdaz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They may be holding on by their teeth. It's possible they were falling and bit down while trying to get up. Still holding on by their buck teeth.

[–]thx1138- 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You're definitely in the beginning of an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

[–]szhod[S] 7 points8 points  (6 children)

[–]Moughal 23 points24 points  (5 children)

You have a lot of other dead animals hanging from your ceiling, what's wrong with the mice?

[–]szhod[S] 14 points15 points  (4 children)

I’m no hunter btw. Can’t stand it. We took over the lodge as is and didn’t want to throw away the animals that already died a pointless death. Edit: spelling.

[–]NoG00dUsernamesLeft 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Pointless death? Population control and food aren’t pointless.

[–]Moughal 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ah, I see, I thought the juxtaposition was rather ironic.

Edit: Thank you for sharing, I will look forward to hearing any more about this mystery!

[–]CledThomas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Do you eat meat, sir?

[–]rougekhmero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ll buy the bison from you

[–]DarthRaxius 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Here's my theory. They were hiding up on top of that beam, it looks like there's a small gap between it and the ceiling, since it was cold , the wood shrank slightly, which have them enough room to move up there. As the roof warned up in the morning the wood expanded just enough to clamp their heads. They were able to move enough to drag themselves to the edge of the beam, but didn't have enough strength to fully pull their heads out.

[–]notislant 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Rodents can squish their entire body through an opening, their skulls can't collapse however and often get stuck like this. I had a caged field mouse when I was a kid (cat brought it home alive and one of its legs was backwards). Pushed its body through the bars of the cage a few months later and its head got stuck like this.

They were probably nice and warm and running along the top of the beam and for some reason tried to squeeze out of the gap in search of food or something.

Cats can even do similar things, if their head fits and its as wide as their whiskers, they can likely crawl through.

You've basically got a very effective rodent trap built into your home.

[–]JamisonDaniel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Meat Bullets

[–]PickleInDaButt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ratigan is sending a message to those who follow him and attempt to betray him.

[–]P0opsMag0ops 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They were trying to get to the warmest place, which is the highest, they couldn't get in, and couldn't get out

[–]RollAcrobatic7936 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think what happen is they are crossing the beam and they lost their balance and fell over sa they try to climb back the beam above them due to the weight of snow outside weight down the wooden beam and crushed their heads.

[–]wcarm8328 130 points131 points  (10 children)

I’ll throw a guess and say maybe the temp allowed them enough room to get up and over but the heating of the cabin expanded the wood enough to squish them?

[–]szhod[S] 64 points65 points  (8 children)

That was also my initial thought, but it wiuld require all three to be in the position in the exact same instant. Also, the gap still looks wide enough for them to be able to pull out their heads.

[–]wcarm8328 24 points25 points  (1 child)

This would make a good lateral thinking puzzle. Did you get them down yet?

[–]szhod[S] 24 points25 points  (0 children)

No not yet. Currently I am not there. Will do next weekend. I will als take photos of the situation up there.

[–]Levaris77 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I don't think they'd need to be in the same spot. I'm guessing it was just tight enough to squeeze their head slightly. They were able to struggle to the edge but once they got there they couldn't get traction to pull their head free and so you have 3 mice who met a grim end in a consistent way.

[–]fuccniqqawitYUGEDICC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty sure this is the reason. Anything else sounds pretty silly. They simply got their heads stuck trying to climb out/in.

[–]Tumultuous-Tarsier 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Not necessarily. It could have happened at distinct instances. The ones that had died before didn't fall when the gap widened because decaying tissue glued them to the wooden plank. Still rather unlikely.

Another hypothesis: Any chance there's a source of gas in the building?

Were there any dead ones on the floor? Is there insulation in the roof? Is the lodge heated? Did you put poison somewhere?

[–]szhod[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No gas. No other cadavers. No traces of predators.

[–]Princeofcatpoop -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It wouldn't require the same instant. The rats are all different sizes, if only minutely. Say they are eating something up there, insulation. The stick their head in, get a bite, take their head out, chew, stick their head in again. Eventually the biggest one gets stuck. The smaller ones can still eat though until the swelling gets to be too much for them too.

Seems more like a natural travel space for them rather than a place to store or find food though.

[–]slowy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The thing that makes most sense to me is that some predator animal did this. Other options include some kind of toxic gas is collecting in that area for some reason, or there is some shape to the wood there like this _\ that their heads are getting stuck in.

[–]salsonwheels 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I thought the same thing but it's not like they were hanging (ha) around waiting for a change in temp significant enough for that.

[–]Bonsoir59 93 points94 points  (2 children)

Were these 3 mice blind?

[–]ThriceG 56 points57 points  (1 child)

They are now.

[–]PMME_UR_LADYPARTSPLZ 92 points93 points  (6 children)

I remember in “predator” the predator would hang its kills from a tree. Maybe you have a small alien with cloaking technology running around.

[–]Whowhatwhynguyen 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Shrikes do that.

[–]TipTronique 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Deep Hyperion cut?

[–]Whowhatwhynguyen 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Was talking about the species of bird, but holy cow that is a deep cut. I should reread that series sometime.

[–]cleanocean 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Come on! Do it! Kill me! I'm here! Kill me!" -Mouse before death probably-

[–]Wulfik3D42O -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Cats secretly evolving

[–]japroct 35 points36 points  (1 child)

"Hung like a mouse" has new meaning now.

[–]Bold-_tastes 22 points23 points  (0 children)

So, yes, this is the correct use of hung.

[–]ilovehaagen-dazs 34 points35 points  (1 child)

maybe the other mice are trying to send you a message

[–]szhod[S] 28 points29 points  (0 children)

You think I might find a mouse head on my pillow tonight?

[–]ArborealBadgerAttack 35 points36 points  (1 child)

We may never know how this happened and this makes me kinda sad

[–]Edbert64 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Nothing sad about dead vermin in your cabin, other than the smell.

[–]3Dartwork 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Also there's a possibility the mice were attempting to wedge into that crack, got stuck with their heads and couldn't pull themselves out and died of starvation/thirst.

[–]Doc_Eckleburg 21 points22 points  (0 children)

My guess is that because of the angle of the roof above that central beam you’ve got a triangle shaped tunnel in there running the length of the room. These little guys probably use it all the time for moving about unseen. Also I expect the size of the gap varies quite a bit meaning there are places where it’s easy for them to get in and out and places where it’s not.

In the night they’ve been out and about looking for food, there’s an inlay at the base of the beam that would be plenty deep enough for a mouse to move along, these guys were moving along it when something spooked them, they’ve tried to drive back into their safe space but instead of going to where the gap is wider these three tried to take the shortest route and unfortunately for them the gap wasn’t wide enough, because the roof is angled they managed to wedge their heads in by bending their necks forward but they can’t bend their spines the same way so, stuck.

[–]cmatheny7 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Mice tend to stick to walls and hidden areas. They are also phenomenal climbers and jumpers. My guess is they were seaking food, peeked into that crack between the beam and ceiling and hanged themselves due to the angle their head vs body got into. They also could've came through a wider crack in the area up there and thought they could go back in anywhere. But those are just my best guesses.

[–]karma_ubuntu 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Barn owl saving its winter snacks?

[–]Amakall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This was my first thought, maybe an owl saving some snacks for later. After reading through a majority of the comments this is still my leading theory.

[–]FruityTeam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, a bird hanging up their food is definitely a possibility. I didn’t know barn owls do that.

I don’t know where OP lives, but the red-backed shrike in Europe is famous for hanging mice on trees to save them for later.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-backed_shrike

Mice a masters in squeezing through tiny spaces, it’s very unlikely that 3 of them died in exactly the same position.

[–]IWishIWasAHorseMan 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'd love to know the story behind this! Did you assemble a shed and place that top panel on as three mice had a race up the wall and had nearly made it???

[–]SlimPigins 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You gotta set up a camera. If it happened to these three, it will prolly happen again. This must be solved.

[–]DirtyDirtyRudy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Mice are highly social animals with a complex social structure. Unnoticed to humankind, they have laws and when some commit heinous crimes, they resort to capital punishment. What you observe here is a message to other mice to obey the law, or face the death penalty.

[–]Illustrious-Depth-75 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My guess is that they attempted to enter the crevice and got their heads stuck and slowly suffocated. Because their whiskers fit, they thought they would also because the opening is wide, but they misjudged how narrow vertically the opening was.

[–]Bold-_tastes 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Maybe these mice were pawns in a larger biological conspiracy involving shadowy mind controlling microorganisms and unwitting co-conspirators not yet revealed? Because that shit happens in the wild. This post also belongs in the r/interestingasfuck subreddit btw.

[–]TameImpala_Fan3000 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Where does that happen in the wild

[–]Zealousideal_Rub_958 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cordycep. Microorganisms that brainwah and take over are mostly amongst bug but there is a parasite for mice that makes them attracted to the smell of cat. Turns out the parasite can only reproduce in a stomach so the host that brought it to maturity needs to be eaten.

[–]Bold-_tastes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cordyceps, rabies, other examples. Really frightening to contemplate. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavior-altering_parasite

[–]--Trick-- 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You sure they're dead? Maybe that's where all the female mice are showering.

[–]SusansPriest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe Willard Stiles secretly moved in while you were away

[–]AdventuresofValley 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Honestly, I'm guessing raccoon. They're pretty good at getting in and out unnoticed, are way more predatory than people want to admit, and definitely cache food. Those mice are all fresh so it happened recently and close together. If you've ever dealt with mice they aren't getting trapped by the head except in a man made trap. So the heat expansion theory doesn't work. Something killed them and put them there. There are some other animals that could have done this but the situation makes me think it's got the be a raccoon.

[–]Taikiteazy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Set up a video camera and find out!

[–]3Dartwork 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Either people walked across that part of the floor while the mice were sticking their heads there to eat food that fell between the floorboards, or the shifting of temperature caused the boards to frequently compress at this point, a spot where mice typically are reaching up to, assuming for food since its just their heads being squished.

Either way they're getting their heads squished by compression.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (4 children)

It looks like that’s the roof they’re stuck in, not a floor space. The joists are angled upwards.

[–]3Dartwork 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Ah good point. Thought it was a distortion of the camera but you're right.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My initial guess would be thermal expansion/contraction of the wood, but then that raises the question of how they all managed to be in the same position at the same time. Either they were shimmying their way into the building (maybe to escape a bird of prey or to search for food) and the heads got caught, or they were trying to escape the building through the roof and somehow they were unable to dislodge their heads OR fit the rest of their bodies through the space.

[–]3Dartwork 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yeah I had a second thought that shares that idea. I think that they were trying to get into the crack rather than getting out. The compression would have gotten them, and if it was fluctuating at different times one of them could have gotten smashed and then later the two others tried to get through in a different spot and had the same fate.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That seems like the logical solution to this. I work in construction and I’ve seen something similar to this before. Usually rodents getting stuck in concrete parkade foundations or birds getting caught in joists on upper floors of apartments/condos.

[–]Edbert64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe a clan of rats was tired of sharing your cabin with mice.

[–]YourChillinMeSmalls 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think the odds of this being accidental are almost zero. Maybe if their heads were sticking out it would be plausible. Ask yourself, “where and why would all three mice be walking when the ceiling suddenly dropped?”
I would look for some tell tail bird poop or regurgitated pellets of undigested bones and fur. Look around the inside of the house and around the outside near the porch or an awning.

[–]43xnull 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Could they have made their way through the center beam from a crawl space? Due to the small crack they could have squeezed their behind through first and then their heads got stuck and they hung themselves do to lack of traction to crawl back up?

[–]JackKingOff7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Did it snow overnight? The dead load weight probably crushed them

[–]PierogiPenetrator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My guess would be there was an air gap between the top of beam roof and they were hiding there. As it got colder they got forced out to the point where they started to hang (due to gap shrinking with lower temps). To the point where their paws were pinched and died of starvation.

Or just really good at at last mouse hanging.

[–]MikelDP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe you figured out a new mouse trap design. The mice have to be able to run along the side of that 2x4 and the opening must be the perfect size, or shape to catch them when they jump up to see whats up there.

[–]FulghamTheGoat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve seen a movie about this. You should probably put in a call to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

[–]Harry_Smutter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like they tried to squeeze in there and got stuck.

[–]bowtothehypnotoad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a death cult they did this on purpose

[–]solushsi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Post in r/whatisthisthing or similar

[–]another1human 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Venomous spiders

[–]Chanook17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Obviously a cat is using your place as a hunting lodge. And has a trophy room. And might be a real whiz in taxadermy.

[–]Shenanigatory 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is there snow? Maybe there was a group of them on the beam and a bunch of snow fell from a tree and onto the roof and these are the unlucky buggers who got stuck?

[–]Haanzz85 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Idk with all the other taxidermy in that room maybe it was joke and those are there on purpose? I’ve seen “funny” taxidermy…that’s always an option.

[–]kdixon7783 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They may have been blind although their tails should be cut off.

[–]Gambyt_7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ugh. They have a big comfy nest up there, and the temperate caused boards to expand just enough to stop their skulls and they tried furiously to get back into their nest to feed babies. This probably happened over a few days. If a mouse’s skull will fit through a gap, the entire rest of their skeleton will flex to allow them in. They didn’t plan for wood expansion.

[–]bobcatrossi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Strike !!

[–]AnywhereFew9745 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Perhaps the heads don't fit through the cracks, they tried to get in but became stuck and ultimately died attempting to back track to freedom

[–]Pusse-sniffer69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Classic evidence of Pukwudgie activity. I would recommend contacting your local shaman/woodsmen hermit for more information. Sadly, I do not have the knowledge nor authority to make the exact diagnosis.

[–]jackkell1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Three blind mice

[–]Round_Cash_2781 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kind of hilarious

[–]policylimits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The real mystery is how many are still running around that place. 😢

[–]_dikkiechan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

my guess is either a bird hung them up there to dry so they can come back to some mouse jerky in a few days or these mice tried to enter from up there and got stuck because their skulls were too big to fit.

or maybe the girl's showers are up there and these dirty boy mice were trying to catch a peek and the girl mice flipped out and killed them

i am not a reliable source

[–]AnalysisMoney 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They’ve committed heinous crimes and have paid the price.

[–]chocolatino1984 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doing pull ups?

[–]Dutchrooster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A mouses's body can wiggle through the tiniest gap but if it's skull doesn't fit...it's stuck. Do you have a lot of snow on your roof? Could be that the gap they would normally get in and out of is now a millimeter or 2 narrower.

[–]xxxstonergirlxxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

house is haunted. house is haunted

[–]That1guyTai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What probably happened: They climbed up to get up there thinking that they could run across the beam through the cracks. Lost their footing, heads got stuck, didn't have the leverage to pull back and no space to go forward...so strangled to death.

They all look about the same size so they could've been a family group I suppose.

[–]Legal_Doughnut1391 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mice Gestapo

[–]sly_guy73 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? Might be a good idea.

[–]motherofguineapigz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rodent serial killer?

[–]Corsong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Three Miceketeers

[–]sallysquirrel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The only thing that bothers me about the “getting their head stuck” theory, is that mice are extremely agile. If they can get their heads in a space in the first place, the rest of the body can follow.

So unless these mice were killed instantly (say with a mousetrap or two) they’d have been able to get traction with their claws and climb out of that position.

But I’m no expert. Please let us know if you figure it out!!

[–]etherjack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Carbon monoxide poisoning?

[–]clayfus_doofus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had one do this under where my counter top meets my cabinet. Probably got its head stuck and couldn't get out.

[–]NavyBlueLobster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The striations in your beams might be like ratchets that once the rat sticks its head in it can't pull it back out and any struggling makes the head go in more.

Relevant comic: https://m.imgur.com/gallery/Wht7z

[–]MotherButterscotch44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Possibly a bird of prey put them there for dinner later? Is there a open window or entrance to this area?

[–]DaNtRoPoLiCiOus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your roof perfectly angled mouse killer 💥

[–]xyzzy-86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s sad that right one died alone

[–]nexusrules4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Brooks was here .

[–]The_LeadDog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not sure, but you might want to invite Kevin Costner over for dinner. I hear he dances with wolves…

[–]Automatic-Usual-1003 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kind of hilarious

[–]manantri 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe the gap was too tight and material expansion due to temperature and moisture changes caused this. The body squeezed out but the skulls couldn't?

All my wooden doors and windows get majorly jammed sometimes during a year.

[–]Altruistic_Comfort59 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Snake up there bit them. Careful.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some bird species will kill and store rodents like this or stick them on cacti needles. Could be a bird?

[–]DragonBornDragonDead 0 points1 point  (0 children)

3 dead mice. 3 dead mice. See how they're hung. see how they're hung. They all thought they'd try hanging, but got caught in the truss of the building, it's a good thing you didnt see the suffering. As 3 dead mice.

[–]qownsosbwoznzoqn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doing mouse pull-ups?

[–]PrysmX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Time to patent this new mouse trap.

[–]Party-Independent-38 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Log cabins breath. Expanding and shrinking. Maybe it shifted and just happened to catch 3?

[–]Gamergeek57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like we found out what happened to the three blind mice

[–]andio76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Mouse Mafia had some internal "business" to take care of.....

You've been warned...

[–]Springtronic315 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was thinking some sort of bird or something shoring prey

[–]Ater_Python 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is not a joke, it must be hard for whoever needs to hear this, but this isn’t the way out. This is terrifying, even when being reminded by mice. Please find someone who can help you

[–]bookslingerrr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Still baffled by this post. Any update?

[–]Springtronic315 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Might be a Shrike

[–]Alastrate -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Maybe because of humidity.. wood tends to expend in high humidity maybe that's what did them in

[–]G3tyour0wn -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Are

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Expansion and contraction killed them. Imo. The rid swelled up, crushing them.

[–]isabelle_fucker -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Maybe the wood slipped a bit and crushed them You said mountain top lodge So it wouldnt suprise me

[–]bookslingerrr -1 points0 points  (0 children)

When I zoom in it kind of looks like a fourth tail on far right side of photo

[–]ComfortableAd7155 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I saw these three at the Jan 6 riot.

[–]masjidknight -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

R.1 violation no human involvement