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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2014, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Infant Wild Mouse

Hello everyone. This is my first post on PT and I joined specifically because I'm at a loss here.

About 36 hours ago, we inadvertently became the caretaker of a tiny baby mouse. Judging by size, I suspect he was maybe 5 days old when we found him, being batted around by a kitten. We suspect he's probably a field mouse (we live right next to a corn field), though could be a house mouse I suppose also (though we haven't seen any mice yet, then again we just moved into this house in July).

I've been feeding him soy based formula and giving him a little Pedialyte since a pinch test showed he was mildly dehydrated. At first he didn't poo or pee, but just in the last few feedings he's begun to, which I take as a good sign. However, I just noticed today that he's also making a little clicking noise from time to time when he eats, and only one time that I've noticed, that he clicked in his bed right after eating. When I looked up clicking, I saw that it could mean pneumonia. I'd hate to think the little guy has held on almost 2 days, and now has pneumonia. Should I definitely assume that is what is causing the clicking?

We've been keeping his sleeping area between 80 and 90F, he's fed every 2-4 hours, rub his tummy when feeding is done, and he moves around quite a bit, though does twitch a LOT. I've been worried ever since we got him, but doing my best (and lots of research) to help him recover, even though his survival chance is probably less than 25%.

Lastly, I live in a very small town in South Dakota and there are not wildlife rescues or anything around here, just a couple vets. I'm unsure how much help they would be willing to offer, as this is farm country, and their main priority is the livestock, so a baby field mouse might not be at the top of their priorities. I could be wrong, but it's a hunch.

Any advice would be helpful.

Thank you so much!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-16-2014, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sad to report that the mouse died. Can't figure out how to delete this post. Please ignore now.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 03:07 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear about the little one. It can very difficult to hand raise a very young baby. If you find any others in the future I would like to direct you to my orphans page with a lot of information a number of different people, including some very nice videos from Aud Fisher. I can't post links because I don't have enough posts. Not sure why that matters, but you can find it on my site Bucky Goldstein's G.W. Deer Mouse Ranch in the article section under "orphans".


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Paul. My kids and I were very sad when the little guy passed. I read the <25% chance of survival, and figured with my complete inexperience, probably more like <10%, but we still wanted to try. I kept thinking if he makes it, this little mouse could be the best pet ever, or worse case scenario he's horrible and then we could just let him go in a field. I admit I had high hopes, so when I found him dead, I did tear up a little. It was surprising how quickly I became attached to the little fellow in just 4 days.

I had, in fact, previously found those video's you've posted on your site and they were IMMENSELY helpful! I'm hoping upon hope that I don't find any more, but at least I know what to do now in the event that I do.

Thank you again!
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