By Sharanya Gopinathan
Oh my god, stop whatever you’re doing and go look at Alicia Souza’s mouse!
Guys, this is not a drill. Illustrator Alicia Souza’s mouse (hamster? guinea pig?) Mr. Henry Oates, who really should qualify for the title of an Instagram model by now, is literally the cutest thing I’ve seen all week, and her amazing Instagram is full of him (and other cool things).
The best are videos of Henry Oates eating things with speed and dedication (like watermelon, which he loves, and strawberries, which he lunged for but missed), all while making the most adorable snuffly munching noise you’ve ever heard. There’s also a picture of him attempting unsuccessfully trying to hide behind the leg of a chair, which due to fruit-fed girth is also a fail, and Souza’s beautiful dog, Charlie, isn’t impressed.
After I posted this on Instagram stories, I had a million requests to post it. Yes, he’s insanely cute. Yes, he loves watermelon. Yes, his makeshift home is a crate until we move and make him a custom one. Yes, he’s the (second) light of my life. Yes, a bit of my soul dies from over cuteness every time I see him 😍 #motherswhoexaggerate #nomnomnom #henryoatseats
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Henry Oates is very popular, and there are comments requesting live interviews and paw print autographs from him as well. Now that you’ve met him, you know exactly why. #TeamHenryOates4Ever