Well my chocolate doe decided to birth a few days ago, she seemed quite restless and a little bit stressed.
I watched her from a distance, she delivered the first pup and immediately began eating it alive (i hate it when they do this) i knew this was going to be a disaster, 2nd, 3rd and 4th pups all had the same experience
Then she must have decided she was full up, she was running around the tank, dropping babies as she went, they were getting buried in the woodshavings and some still have umbilical (sp?) cords still attached...was quite distressing to watch, but i decided to take a chance, i went round after her and collected the babies up, pulled the shavings off them and warmed them up as they were already freezing cold.
Took them over to one of my hairless colonies as one of the females had got 3 babies of her own that were a few days old, seeing as she only had the 3 i decided to put these new just a few minutes old pups in her nest.
My hairless colonies are extremely friendly and very welcoming of people and other animals, and i had a strong feeling she'd take them on, and i was right, she immediatly came over to inspect the new arrivals, straight away she cleaned them up, gave them the once or twice over then settled down and gave them all their first feed, i'm so proud of her, i always have surrogate mice taking on litters, but never babies so tiny and never a lone female, its usually a group that take babies on together so they tend to think the young just belong to oneanother.
I've got some pics anyway of me introducing them, and to this day they are all doing great, they're now a couple of days old and shes being a great mum to them!
Heres the little babies after i'd collected them all up
with hairless mums litter
Investigating new arrivals!
cleaning them all up