I have long admired the subway mice. Their fortitude, their sprightly maneuvers across the third rail, their adorable grey griminess. My sister and I, and later my husband and I, always looked for the mice at Park Street while waiting for a train. More often than not we saw some and were entertained.
Several years ago I had the notion I wanted to live-trap one and make it a pet. The biggest roadblock was trying to figure out how to get a live-trap down near the tracks and back up again once I had caught a mouse.
Weeeeeelllllll… I recently discovered that the mice at Alewife are absolutely fearless little things, and cavort brazenly around the benches at bus berth 6. Past 8pm or so the place is just lousy with T mice. So I now have easy access to a location where I could live-trap a T mouse.
What are the cons here?
How long do subway mice usually live?
Will my cat be entertained by the mouse, or catch some horrible disease from it?
After living in captivity for awhile will it no longer be subway-track colored?