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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: 2202 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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Sep 30, 2008

Everyone is right, if the mouse was alone that it was probably abandoned or the mother died because the mother will keep her babies close to her (I had rats once upon a time and she had babies). You should wear gloves whenever handling the baby because if you do give it to a rescue another mouse might not care for it if it smells too much like a human. If you want to keep the pup than you should speak with a vet or a wildlife rescue as to what to feed it.

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Michele Z.
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Sep 30, 2008

I mostly agree with Heather (below). I think you should try putting the baby back where you found it, but monitor it to see if there are signs that the mother returned. The mother may still be nearby and might look for the baby.

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Puzzlesmom
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Sep 30, 2008

Hello, The same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. I was able to contact my local wildlife rescue and they had me bring it in. They said they had a momma mouse that would take care of it. Do a search for a wildlife rescue in your area.

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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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InZeee
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Sep 29, 2008

I'm sorry but I have to agree with the both answers already provided. As with the flu you can have the virus for 10 days before showing symptoms so you can not be sure if the mouse is healthy or not and sick offspring are usually abonded by their mothers. If you are determined to save it I would keep it in an isolated area and not let the kids around it. Use gloves and handle as little as possible. Germs are spread so easily that this still isn't a gaurantee cause you'll still have the matter of feces and keeping the cage clean. I don't mean to be cruel but with children in the house better safe then sorry.

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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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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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