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Old 03-24-2012, 05:32 PM
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Caring for baby orphan RODENT? UNKNOWN?


Recently at the High School we were moving large bales of packaged wood chips. Lifted one up and there was movement under loose wood chips, well I moved it and it was a tiny baby rodent. I left the area and left it alone for about 10minutes and came back and it was still there so I picked it up and brought it home.
I have it in a 10gallon aqaurium right now with old blankets and a heating pad set up to medium to reach thru the blankets. I gave it a stuffed animal for maximum comfort and the tank has a vented lid for mass air circulation and so the cats and dogs will not be able to get to it.
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Pictured here is the baby. It obviously has fur and it is actually a grey color but the camera showed it as brown. I'm pretty sure it is a female and she was not skinny when I found her. Her eyes and ears appear to be closed but she is an extremely active little girl. When I hold her she is okay but when I place her on the ground she runs like a madman! She cleans herself and stands on her back legs when she gets milk on her face and such so she does maintain self-grooming.
So what I have been doing so far is feeding her every 2hours (during night, too!) a soy milk mixture. I mix together 1/2tsp. of regular soy milk and 1/2tsp. of warm water and mix that together as her formula. I feed it to her via. a very small syringe that she accepts easily. I warm it up before I give it to her. If you ask me she is plump and not overweight but then again I have never owned a rodent of any kind so I don't know for sure. You tell me.
I have been stimulating her to go potty for me and occasionally she does but I noticed there are little turds and wet spots in the tank so she is capable of pottying on her own. Her stools appear to be healthy to me. Small, brown or yellowish and not runny.
I'm just wondering if I'm providing all the right stuff and if anybody can tell me how old she may be and in how many days I can start to decrease the formula times and when I may be able to put her on different substrate and start moving her to solid foods and such. Again, I have had her about 3days now and she appears to be doing well.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:36 PM
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She looks maybe 2+ weeks old? If I had to guess. As for what she is, I'm not exactly sure. She doesn't quite look like a wild brown rat to me. Her eyes look too big. She looks more 'gerbil-y' for lack of a better description. Someone may be able to recognize her for you.


So far this sounds like you are heading in a sensible sounding direction. Bellaratta of Bellaratta's Nest has hand raised baby rats from pinky stage. Try emailing her and seeing if she'd be willing to give you some tips from her trial and errors?

http://bellaratta.homestead.com/
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:16 AM
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Ohmygosh! This is so exciting! Baby is running around and eyes are opening along with ears! I'm so pumped!
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