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Q: A friend Found a Tiny Mouse in her basement and wrote this

September 29, 2008 | By Animals4Freedom | 8 answers | Expired: 2115 days ago

Animals4Freedom

This morning I found a tiny baby mouse in my basement. He was all alone and I have no idea how he got there! His eyes are still shut so he's very young. I brought him upstairs and made him a nice warm bed in a safe secure container. Does anyone know what I should do next?? I've never cared for an animal so small. What shall I feed him? I do have a syringe that I can use. Any advice?? The kids have already named him "Lucky" so I hope he makes it!
> Thanks so much for any input

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Heather
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Sep 29, 2008

Wild animals do not make good pets. Many times animals will abandon what appear to be healthy young when they know something is wrong with them. The baby mouse is likely not going to survive, no matter what you do. Not to mention mice and other rodents can be hosts to a myriad of diseases that you, your kids and your pets may be able to catch. Generally, the best idea is to put the animal back where you found it, and let nature take its course. In your case, the best idea would be to call your local wildlife rehab and ask if they can take it since it was in your house. I would advise against keeping it, a wild mouse is not a creature meant to be kept as a pet.

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Cassie3
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Sep 29, 2008

Where there's one mouse, there are more. This time of year field mice come into the house. I see that you have cats. One of your cats may be either killed the mother mouse or if your cats have access the basement, one of them may have discovered the nest of baby mice and this one was the only one left.

If you have any poisons (ant/roach killer) in the house, that could have also killed the parent.

Did you find the baby mouse in the middle of the floor or in a secluded area (where a nest would thrive)?

"Pet" mice are no different from common household mice. It's not like they carry fewer diseases or parasites, but we'd like to think so... However, as others have said, this one might be sick since it was abandoned (unless you pulled it from its nest). I have to agree with the others that it's doubtful you can keep it alive since its eyes are still closed.

Definitely wear gloves.

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Sandra R.
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Sep 29, 2008

Just yesterday, a friend found a baby squirrel. The squirrel died shortly after. I believe that sometimes, mothers in the wild abandon babies that may be sick or weak and leave them to die. I have always heard of the survival of the fittest in nature. Good Luck!

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