Snoring dormouse video is a hoax, says Surrey Wildlife Trust officer
A NEW version of a video of a snoring dormouse is a hoax, according to the man who filmed the original.
Last November, the Advertiser reported on a silent video of a snoring dormouse, taken in Leatherhead and uploaded by Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) mammal officer Dave Williams, which became an internet sensation.
On Friday, reports of a version with sound appeared in several national newspapers, but Mr Williams says the real sound was never recorded.
He said: "It's nothing to do with me, it does not sound like a dormouse either. It sure has got a lot of interest."
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The original clip, which shows the sleepy rodent snoring in Mr Williams' hand, was taken while he was surveying boxes left out for the endangered creatures to use as homes.
Though the video has no sound, Mr Williams said the creature was snoring with a high-pitched whistle.
Watch the 'fake' video below