Move Over Chipmunks - Here Come The Surfing Rodents!

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Move over Alvin, Theodore and Simon - Here come Rocket, Skidmark, Banzai and Peanut, the surfing mice, who are sweeping the world off their feet, with their skillful maneuvering of ocean wavelets in the waters of Australia's Gold Coast.

The Radical Rodents belong to 39-year old Shane Wilmott, a boat builder who also breeds mice. He trained his first mice to surf when he was just a teenager, after observing the perfect small waves that form at the edge of the ocean.

He recently revived his old hobby and has started to train teams of mice on a regular basis. Thanks to his boat-building skills, all his pets are equipped with custom-made miniature surfboards.

In order to get the mice accustomed to the water and their boards, he begins the surfing lessons in his bathtub. As the mice get better, he moves them to the pool and then finally to the giant ocean, where they take to the water like professionals.

Shane says that contrary to popular belief, mice are actually good swimmers and enjoy the stimulation they receive from surfing waves. In the water, their biggest threat is not from fish but the Sea Gulls that fly overhead in search of food. Shane however stays close to the mice at all times to ensure that they remain safe.

The surfing skills of the Radical Rodents has impressed and brought smiles on the faces of many Australian beachgoers - most of whom have no idea what to expect, until they get closer to the miniature surfboards.

sources:telegraph.co.uk, surfingmice.com

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  • wolfy_blue
    wolfy_blueSaturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:08 am
    Awe how cute!
    • frothing itWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm
      New sled
      • cdub28278Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm
        that's adorbs
        • flabbr
          flabbrThursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm
          dont jump!!
          • stitch
            stitchThursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm
            surfing chipmunk!!!!
            • caseyryba
              caseyrybaMonday, December 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm
              awesome but dangerous so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HI guys do you think you could follow me plz i'd really appreciate it thx!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • bibliophile
                bibliophileSunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm
                Awwwww... this is soooo adorable!!!
                • ikyra_marie
                  ikyra_marieSunday, November 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm
                  can they swim??
                  • happypug12
                    happypug12Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:50 am
                    I don't think they need to swim with their owner right by their sides, but they might know how, considering that they are surfing rodents. But that seems to be shallow water, so they're probably OK.
                  • abigaild707
                    abigaild707Friday, June 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm
                    it's sooooo cute!!!!!!
                    • maxiemillon
                      maxiemillonThursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:49 am
                      Alvin and the chipmunks
                      • stitch
                        stitchThursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                        lol