This issue: Short-Tailed Shrew vs. White-Footed Mouse
If the shrew lands a bite, its venom can paralyze the larger mouse.
The mouse can run 8 feet per second and leap to escape a predator.
To keep from starving, the overamped little shrew must eat three times its body weight each day. No wonder it’s so fierce!
It may be venomous, but the shrew has poor eyesight and a lousy sense of smell. The mouse dodges the shrew’s attack and leaps to safety. The mouse wins.
Angie Daly Morfeld