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This sleepy dormouse has been rehomed in a coconut shell after he was rescued from a TEA SHOP. See SWNS story SWMOUSE: The adorable creature found himself at a tea party in a café in Lyme Regis, Dorset, just like the cute critter in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by. He was scooped up by a visitor and taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Highbridge in Somerset, where he promptly went into hibernation. The snoring mouse was woken briefly when famous author Sir Terry Pratchett visited the centre to launch a £4.4 million Call of the Wild Appeal for a new animal hospital. Charity founder Pauline Kidner said the mouse occasionally woke briefly for a catkin snack before nodding off again.

Best Animal Pictures Of 2012

From a cheeky sloth gatecrashing a holiday snap to a harmless gannet that transformed itself into a Great White, here is a collection of the most memorable animal pictures of the year.