Whilst most rodents adopt a lifestyle strategy of timid paranoia and fleeing, this little bastard does quite the opposite. It’s the honey badger of the rodent world. It’s the Norwegian Lemming.
Tales of Much Belligerence with the Norwegian Lemming
Right, so lemmings have a reputation for committing suicide en masse. Which is actually a myth that Disney managed to popularise.
They’re not suicidal, most of them just go about their lives in the usual rodent way. Furtively scooting about the place to avoid danger.
That’s except for the Norwegian lemming (lemmus lemmus). It’s evolutionary path has turned it into the Begbie of Trainspotting in the world of mice, hamsters, and whatnot.
Look at that clip above. They’re all like that. Approach the tiny wee cute Norwegian lemming… and the little psychopath will attack you on sight. Behold!
Right, so the Norwegian lemming’s stance is to fearlessly charge anything it comes across, squeaking and snapping its jaws.
If you dare to happen across the beast in close quarters, its immediate reaction is to be highly aggressive. There are records of them attacking humans.
Has there ever been a more cute little SOB in the history of the world?
In Norway, it’s quite common for skiers to come across the little monsters. And at that point, their day of skiing is most definitely over.
Right, so if you’re a predator out in the wild and eye spy these little things, you’d think this is a cheap meal.
Say you’re a bird of prey. You see it and swoop in… and then you’re confronted by this snapping furball of anger.
The Norwegian lemming’s response of total fury (and to charge anything it comes across) is pretty much genius, really.
Other than starving rats, we can’t think of any rodent more full on.
Anyway, the little creatures are only found in northern Scandinavia. So you should be safe unless you go for a skiing trip in Norway.
Crepuscular beasts, they alternate nap time between the night and day. Which is nice.
Just don’t you dare wake them up, eh? Otherwise death by lemming awaits you.