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The Leopard and the Mouse: A Microbiologist's Take

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The Small Things Considered blog has a post by Fred Neidhardt, F.G. Novy Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, that looks at two photos snapped by 19-year-old Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, UK. The amazing photos capture a mouse eating a leopard's food with the leopard present.

Neidhard suspects the mouse may be infected by Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that has the ability to change the behavior of rats and mice, making them drawn to rather than fearful of the scent of cats.

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