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I seem to remember that the wrought iron gates of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre were covered in fascinating details, but I must have been particularly taken my this mole eating a worn, because this is the only photograph of the gates I’ve found.

I don’t know if the mole has any symbolic meaning in this context, but The Medieval Bestiary website informs me that scholars considered moles to be very good listeners.

To quote Pliny the Elder, “Moles have very keen hearing; even buried in the earth they can overhear people talking, and will run away if they hear people talking about them“.