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Man charged for biting head off live mouse

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a 23-year-old Swede who bit the head off a live mouse while one of his friends filmed the episode on a mobile phone camera.

Man charged for biting head off live mouse

“He subjected the mouse to completely unnecessary suffering,” said prosecutor Mats Wihlborg to the Gotlands Tidningar newspaper.

The 41-second film sequence was recorded back in April and shows how the 23-year-old resident of the Baltic island of Gotland holds the mouse by its tail.

Encouraged by his friends, the man then bites the head off the mouse, spits the head out in his hand, and then lets blood drip from the rodent’s lifeless body.

In a final macabre act, the man then stuffs the headless body of the mouse back in his mouth.

“Look, look, the mouse is lying and shaking!” one of the man’s friends can be heard saying in the background.

Police stumbled across the film after confiscating the mobile phone in an unrelated matter and were able to identify the 23-year-old, who had come to their attention on a number of previous occasions.

Veterinarian Peter Markstedt reacted to the film sequence in horror.

“Animal cruelty of this kind, no, I’ve never seen anything like it before,” he told the newspaper.

The maximum penalty for animal cruelty in Sweden is two years in prison.

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MILITARY

Sweden steps up Baltic defence in ‘signal’ to Russia

Sweden's defence minister has said his country is carrying out military exercises in the Baltic Sea to 'send a signal' to countries including Russia.

Sweden steps up Baltic defence in 'signal' to Russia
Swedish troops on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. Photo: Joel Thungren/Försvarsmakten/TT

The so-called “high readiness action” means the Swedish army, navy and air force are currently more visible in the southeastern and southern Baltic Sea and on the island of Gotland.

No details have been disclosed about the number of troops involved in the action.

Sweden is “sending a signal both to our Western partners and to the Russian side that we are prepared to defend Sweden's sovereignty,” Hultqvist told news agency TT.


Ground troops on Gotland. Photo: Bezhav Mahmoud/Försvarsmakten/TT

“There is currently extensive military activity in the Baltic Sea, conducted by Russian as well as Western players, on a scale the likes of which have not been seen since the Cold War,” the Swedish Armed Forces' Commander of Joint Operations, Jan Thörnqvist, said in a statement.

“The exercise activities are more complex and have arisen more rapidly than before. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has caused global anxiety and uncertainty. Over all, the situation is more unstable and more difficult to predict,” Thörnqvist said.


A Visby-class corvette and two Jas Gripen jets in the air. Photo: Antonia Sehlstedt/Försvarsmakten/TT

Hultqvist said Sweden was also monitoring developments in Belarus “very closely”.

Non-Nato member Sweden, which has not been to war in two centuries and which slashed military spending at the end of the Cold War, reopened a garrison on Gotland in January 2018 amid concerns about Russian intentions in Europe and the Baltic.

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