Wild Animal Park mouse heads for Guinness record
Officials at the San Diego Zoo, California, are seeking to register the mouse "Pat" in the "Guinness Book of Records" as the oldest mouse in the world in terms of age.
The coalition that runs the zoo said it believes Pat, who is 9 years and 5 months old, is "the world's oldest living rat." A mouse can live for about 3 years, but because of its many enemies, it rarely reaches this age unscathed. The "ocean pocket" mouse is the smallest species of mouse found in North America. The zoo set up a breeding and reintroduction program for this type of rat in 2012, with the aim of helping to offset a decline in its numbers.
Information about "bats"
• Born at the San Diego Zoo on July 12, 2013.
• It was named after the actor Patrick Stewart. The park will hold a special event on the 8th of February to celebrate the longevity of the mouse and attempt to obtain the title of "the oldest" officially in the presence of a representative of the "Guinness" record.
• The oldest mouse recorded by Guinness was named Fritzi, and he died in 1985 at the age of 7 years and 7 months.