This hilarious image shows a greedy mouse getting stuck in a bird feeder – after eating all the food and becoming too fat to squeeze back out.
The tiny critter had to be rescued, but not before an amusing image was snapped which shows its little face peering out and looking for help.
Lisa Markwick, 46, and her partner James Dowdell, 45, filled their bird feeder with seed before heading off to work, but when they returned only crumbs remained.
They spotted the fat rodent in the bird feeder which was hanging on a metal frame at the rear end of their garden in South Shields, near Newcastle, this week.
Lisa, a bank cashier, believes the mouse could have been stuck for up to nine hours while they were out of the house but she has no idea how it got in there.
She said: “The top and bottom of the bird feeder was still attached so he must have got in through the little hole which he ended up peering out of.
“I’m not sure whether he ate too much and expanded and then got stuck, or just didn’t know how to escape.
“It was a bit of a mystery but its little face was peering out asking for us to come and help.”
The pair had left to go to work at 8.30am and when they returned just gone 5.30pm James noticed the trapped critter.
Lisa added: “I came home from work and went into the back garden and James said ‘come and have a look at this’.
“I’m not sure whether it scaled up the wall or went along the drain pipe and fell off, but he somehow managed to get in.”
Lisa shared the hilarious snap on the BBC Springwatch Facebook page and so far it has gained over 34,000 likes.
Thankfully the mouse was unharmed and after the bottom was taken off the feeder and placed on the ground, the mouse happily scurried away.