Here I come with a little story for you...
Last night, at about 3:00 AM I was finishing watching a movie when Odie, my dog, starts running from one side of the room to the other. I pay him no attention, cause he's nuts... Well.. Suddenly he sticks his nose between 2 sets of plastic shelves I have in my room and I hear a squeak. I immediately told Odie off and he did, reviealing a tiny brown (agouti) mouse-like creature that ran under one of the shelves. I thought that my little Cheddar had escaped from her cage. I quick look at Cheddar's cage indicated me that Cheddar was standing on top of her house. Quickly I thought "the baby gerbil" and looked in the direction of their cages. The baby gerbil was there sleeping in her cage with her sister. I take a quick look at the rest of the cages and everybody was in their place.. I thought "darn, a wild mouse".
There is a pipe that crosses my room from side to side and since it goes outside, the door is about 1.5" above the ground, so it can open and close with the pipe under it. I put a piece of wood to cover it, but still there it a 1"x1.5" square that is uncovered, so i know that mice couold get in throught it and I wasn't surprised to find one. I could see it's little tail sticking out from under the shelf. I immediately moved to try and catch it. I tied Odie to a door so he could stay out of the way. Then, I looked for a small travel cage and a glove I have. I found the cage the cage but I couldn't find my glove. I decided to try and catch it without the glove. Quietly I placed the cage right behing the tail, and then went on the other side with a piece of paper and started moving the piece of paper under the shelf to scare it.
I knew it couldn't be so easy that it would go inside the cage.. but I had to try it.. I had no other idea. Of course.. it didn't went into the cage... it WALKED past it and WALKED across my room. It was the funniest chase ever. The little critter walking and I walking behind it, keeping it at reach but without any idea of how to grab it, since I had no glove. It walked right in front of Odie and went under my drawers.
Now it was a bit thougher. There is no space between the drawer and the floor so I couldn't see it. I start moving quickly around my room looking for and idea, and glancing back at the drawer in case the little critter got out. No.. he didn't came out... Finally I found my glove and I go back to watch the drawer.. still looking for ideas... all of this at 3:00 am. I shaked the drawer a bit.. nothing... I made noise... nothing.. I set Odie loose and he goes behind the drawer sniffing and scratching it... nothing... Then it occurs to me to take off the lower drawer. This thing is supposed to hold the drawer so the don't fall off if you pull them all the way... but last night it magically came off. My mom broke one of them pulling it out... but it was the top one, not the bottom one... Anyway... the thing is that it came off... and there was the floor!!! And on a corner.. the little brown fuzz-ball... Again another funny moment. What do I do? How do I catch it? It was there, standing still with it's back to me.. and I was there, standing still looking at it, with my glove on... and I had no idea what to do. Then.. another one of those crazy ideas that would never work... I take a plastic cup (those disposable ones) and and put it quietly behind the critter. Then, with my gloved hand I reach to the back of the drawer and put my hand in front of the critter. As soon as my gloved hand touched it's nose, he jumped back and fell inside the cup.
I quickly raised the cup and put my gloved hand over it. I ran to the cage I had taken out and drop the critter in it and closed it! YES!! I traped it!!!! *doing a little dance* I looked closer now that he's safe inside the cage and... OMG!!! It's not a mouse!!! IT'S A BABY RAT!!!!
It's so tiny and fuzzy. It still has one of it's eyes half closed. I went out and looked for a mom rat or a nest.. anything.. but I found nothing. Now I don't know what to do with it. I've been wanting a rat for some time... but anyone finds out of a rat in my room and they kill it. I thought of realeasing it, but it's so young that I don't know if it will survive.. so I would have to way a bit for it to get stronger. I don't know if it has any dangerous parasites for me or my critters (I have a dog, 8 gerbils plus litters, 1 mouse and 4 hamsters living in my room with me)
I gave her food and water and I've seen her eating and drinking. I have a few questions for you:
1. What do you think I should do?
2. What dangerouse sicknesses could it carry?
3. Could it carry Leptospirosis or Rabies?
4. I know wild rats don't get as tame as fancy rats, but, is there a chance that this one get's tame since it's so small? It doesn't seems to mind me getting near the cage, but does jump around like a jumping bean when I drop her food. I managed to get the water bowl in (moving slowly and quietly) without her jumping around.
Thanks for reading my story and any help you can give me. Here are a few pictures of the little critter: