“Mini” the FIELD MOUSE
© Colleen L. Guerrero
Sometimes animals come into our lives and makes them just a little richer. This is such a story — the story of Mini the Field Mouse. Thanks Colleen!
We have a large patio and I was walking through the house when I notice something moving on the patio floor. It was tiny, but what caught my eye was that it was hopping. When I went outside to see what it was and saw that it was a little mouse. I went into the house to get a towel to place over it, when I returned she was still in the same spot. Again, as I walked up to it, it came toward me. I put down my hand and it climbed on. I was surprised to say the least. She started to nurse in the folds of my fingers.
I put her in a shoe box with the towel and punched holes in the top. Then I tried looking her up on google, but she did not fit any description perfectly. I fed her apricots and birdseed. She ate them in my hand, eagerly. The next day I went to the feed store and purchased a can of puppy formula and she loved it. I first offered the milk to her with a syringe with she gripped with her little hands. No hesitation on her part.
Every 4 hours I fed her the milk and she always had seeds in the box. When ever I opened the box she would climb onto the top of the towel and onto my hand. She wanted to drink a little then sleep in my cupped hand.
Minigraduated from the syringe to a miniature cup as if it was natural. Her ears grew and her eyes became round and bulgy. It was then that I realized that she was a field mouse.
She has a new address in our back field area near the bird feeders. She loved the bird food. Hope she is well, for she was so cute.
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