A nature lover has captured a dormouse snoring loudly on film – and it’s the most adorable thing ever.
The tiny mammal was filmed by Dave Williams, a member of the Surrey Dormouse Group (SDG), as it took 40 winks in the palm of his hand.
The 21-second clip shows the dormouse as it snoozes after being found in a nest box in the village of Merrow in Surrey.
As the male dormouse dozes it gives off a loud high-pitched squeak as it snores.
Mr Williams said this week: “This sleeping dormouse was found in a nest box in Surrey, snoring loudly – yes it is a male.”
Local Claire Gorman, 36, said: “The dormouse is just adorable – listen how he squeaks as he snores.
“It’s amazing that he didn’t wake up, but that’s men for you I suppose!”
Mr Williams added: “We are the only group working to conserve dormice in Surrey.
“Until a year ago, we were linked with Surrey Wildlife Trust, but they withdrew funding for dormice so we continued the work as we did not want to waste 10 years of good work saving the dormice.”
The video was posted on YouTube at the weekend.
Dormice, called common or hazel dormice, are classed as vulnerable in the UK and are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Members of the SDG set up nest boxes around the county to try and ensure the survival of the cute animals and send data on numbers and locations to the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.
This article originally appeared on the Mirror.