My boyfriend and I took notice of a baby mouse and family of just plain field mice living in our planter we were going to relocate them before anyone else discovered them and decided to kill them but this morning a baby mouse fell into the pool skimmer... my boyfriend rescued it out of the skimmer shivering wet very obviously cold. So I put a dishtowel in a plastic showbox container ontop of a heat pad where the poor thing is shaking its front paws on its back however it's still breathing? Looks like it's sleeping now... I have really no idea how to take care of a mouse I just want to make sure the poor thing isn't going to die when I release him back outside so I plan on keeping him in here until he starts moving around some more. Anyone have any experience? Any help would be appeciated...
I've no experience with mice, but what I do when the mums of my rabbits don't have milk to feed or they get too cold, I keep them in my pocket as that is the fastest and safest way to warm them. (A jacket pocket, loose, don't want to squish them.. )
Body heat is the best thing, I find.
Since he is so tiny, I would use a dropper for water if he won't drink on his own.. that's all I can really think of. Could you post a picture? Seeing about how old he is might help.
Ya I know, when we brought him in he was moving around a lot and he was sitting upright acting normal in the skimmer so I'm hopful he'll live obviously like you said they're fragile... I was just hoping maybe someone had some pointers even though his situation is bleak. Thanks for replying back though speed racer
Ya I'll see what I can do... I put him ontop of a heater pad the type you plug in I didn't want to touch him incase his family will reject him or something (No idea the inner functioning of mice relationships) he's laying next to me though so if he does die I guess i'll be here for him poor thing... He seems a bit older than pure baby he's a bit bigger than a quarter
Foxes, domestic bred animals are very different than their wild cousins. Mice and rabbits born wild don't do well trying to be raised by humans. The shock to their systems is too great.
It's sweet that you want to help it OP, but even though your heart's in the right place, there's not a lot you can do for it. Even if its mother found it, it would still probably die. Mortality rates among wild small, furry animals are very high.
Alright so should I keep it on the heat pad or would it be best to let it outside? I know he's likely to die I still think he's got a chance though so if I were to give him the best fighting chance he's got is it for him to rest and dry off or should I take him to where I know he lives?
Yay so I went to take a picture of the little guy and he jumped right up when I moved the blanket from him a little bit and started to eat some lettuce ... I think I'm going to release him like you said sinsin probably in the next couple hours at most with how he's suddenly acting, he's grooming himself/resting again
Do not give a mouse to much lettuce, it has few things they need other than water. Lots of hay, a ready supply of water (a small dish with small rocks (so he doesn't get wet falling in)) and a small handful of untreated grass (some weeds are good too). Wild mice don't make good pets, and if he has hair and moving around better to let him go, mice can hop over 8 inches in the air straight up, so don't be surprised once he is feeling better he hops out and runs away, they can and do squeeze through holes small as the end of your little finger, if they can fit their head the body will follow.