Raising Wild Babies

October 19, 2009

I found this little baby field mouse (called a pup) on the floor of my sun porch. She was lying on her side and I thought she was dead. But when I picked her up she moved slightly so I put her in a towel and layed her on top of one of my radiators and she warmed up and got perky.

Here she is bottle feeding on water – she was very dehydrated. Miya and Jazz love to sit and watch her eat.

I left her in a basket on the sun porch with a heating pad hoping her momma would come back for her but she never did.

She is now eating puppy Esbilac from an eye dropper that I squeeze onto the palm of my hand and she licks it up. For some reason she won’t take the nipple like she did with the water.

Her eyes opened today. This tells me she is 10-14 days old.

Meet Sunny:

When she is old enough she will be released to the wild. I know it will be bitter sweet but its where she belongs.

When I was a kid I raised and bred domestic mice so she is a real treat for me. (feedings every 2 hours).

October 26, 2009

She is doing great and has gotten big. She is about 3 1/2 – 4 weeks old and has her teeth now.

I still hand feed esbilac a bit but she is starting to eat some on her own.

November 13, 2009 

We had a bit of set back.  Sunny lost all the fur on her belly. Bald as a baby’s butt.

Found out thru a friend that it could be the detergent on the wash cloth in the bottom of her cage. (I could not release her without her fur to keep warm). So I switched to newspaper and in a week it all grew back.

Now I just have to part with her and release her. 🙁

Here is her bald belly.

Here she sleeping after a full belly

And just her being cute

 November 15, 2009

Sonny is gone…………………. just when I was getting ready to release her to the wild.
She escaped last night. I have no idea how she could have possibly gotten out of her cage. But I knew she wanted out. Where there is a will there is a way. Nature was calling

She is at the age for breeding and I imagine she can smell the other mice living under the kitchen.

I have holes behind the window frame of my kitchen window but those holes are stuffed with coarse steel wool because rodents won’t go thru it and come onto my counters. My guess is she found a spot where she could get thru.

I am so sad because I left her alone today and didn’t pick her up for her daily pets, hug and kisses (they sleep all day and scourage and eat at night) and when I uncovered her bedding at dark she was gone 🙁

I never got to kiss her good bye. I picked her up and loved on her,pet her and kissed her at least once a day (not too often as she was going back to the wild)

I have left her cage on the counter with no lid and put a wooden spoon in for her to climb in and out and left food in her dish and fresh water. I also removed the steel wool from behind he window frame to make it easier for her.

I so hope she comes back to at least say hello…….. but I know once the wild hits thats it. She will have wee ones soon……..

November 16, 2009

She came back last night and must have brought all her new friends because the food dish was completely empty. No way she ate it all by herself. No sunflower shells either so they grabbed what they could and went up the wooden spoon I left and back down to the basement :-).

I will put food out for a while but not too long as I don’t want her (and friends) depending on me all winter. She needs to fend for herself to survive. But hey how is she ever going to find dried cranberries, cashews and sunflowers in the wild? I think I spoiled her LOL.

Hopefully I will see her come for a snack early one evening 🙂

You can see pics of more baby animals we have raised at the bottom of our gallery page at www.snowcolabradors.com