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June 10, 2012 5:25 PM   Subscribe

How to care for a baby mouse.
posted by that's how you get ants (27 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is adorable, although the "drunken sailor" lyrics are a weird match for handling the tiny helpless mouse!

For the impatient, paint brush feeding begins around 1:40.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:37 PM on June 10, 2012


With a paint brush!
posted by drlith at 5:40 PM on June 10, 2012


I wanted to see him grow up. He's got a little more fuzz, I think, by the eyedropped feeding part.
posted by not that girl at 5:42 PM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


For whatever reason, Stuart the baby mouse is even more adorable at 2 weeks. very,very trusting, too.
posted by Wolfster at 5:43 PM on June 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


He was wiggling...heeee
posted by oflinkey at 5:43 PM on June 10, 2012


So I'm not just supposed to feed them to my bearded dragon. Huh.
posted by Drumhellz at 5:45 PM on June 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm a little worried that Stuart will suffer developmental issues and psychological trauma from being separated from his mother at such an early age and being raised by a giant wielding a paintbrush. You can see from the way he runs towards the cat that he has not been socialized properly. I'm afraid we may be looking at hundreds or even thousands of dollars in therapy bills over the course of Stewart's 2-3 year life. That is if that cat doesn't get him first.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:55 PM on June 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


Gross
posted by knoyers at 5:56 PM on June 10, 2012


SO sweet. I raised one who was about 1.5 weeks and she was exactly like little 2-week-old Stuart--happy just to snuggle in a warm hand or a pocket. Never bit me once.
posted by dlugoczaj at 6:05 PM on June 10, 2012


I will see your pinky mouse and raise you Lil' Drac, the orphaned short-tailed fruit bat!
posted by nicebookrack at 6:09 PM on June 10, 2012 [7 favorites]


In just one click, this video leads to Brown Recluse vs Orb Weaver. DO NOT WANT.

The mouse, however, is adorbs.
posted by New England Cultist at 6:09 PM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Huh. I raised dozens of the furry little buggers in my youth, and never had a problem with "abandoned" pups - The mom either feeds them, or feeds on them.

Seriously, we need to stop screwing around with nature. Let the weak die, simple as that.
posted by pla at 6:13 PM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Domestic pets aren't really part of nature. There's no reason to let them die just because they're orphaned if someone is willing to take care of them.
posted by Dasein at 6:18 PM on June 10, 2012 [7 favorites]


I read that first as "moose" instead of "mouse" and as you can imagine, was very surprised by Stuart's size.
posted by quodlibet at 6:22 PM on June 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


In the 2 weeks later video, the cat looks so defensive about not eating the mouse. "What? I'm not hungry right now, OK??"
posted by DU at 6:27 PM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


When I was in high school, we had to do some sort of project that spanned months. My best friend and I decided to breed fruit flies. Some other kids decided to be more ambitious with their genetics experiments and breed mice. (This lead everyone who caught a mouse in the school trying to return it to the biology teacher. The one the Latin teacher caught ended up being kept as the Latin class pet.) Shockingly, they managed to deduce genotypes from the offspring, after some false starts figuring out the sexes of their original mice. What I learned from that, as I sat near some of the mice is that mice really smell. So I'm busy flipping between 'Ooh... super cute.' and 'One day, he's going to reek.' Well, that and trying to figure out what's with the choice of music.
posted by hoyland at 6:29 PM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Let the weak die, simple as that.

Pongo and Perdy are very disappointed in you.
posted by nicebookrack at 6:29 PM on June 10, 2012


Oh, Stewart turns out just fine.
posted by maryr at 6:32 PM on June 10, 2012


What love and intelligent, caring tenderness that baby mouse received! Something quite moving about that small and good story.

Grown up Stuart makes a bed for another baby mouse, Matilda. See, he's paying it forward.

In India, while a student there, I had 3 baby palm squirrels and they take a lot of care as wee nippers, the right milk, warmth and the right home. It takes a lot to be a parent of another creature, whatever creature that may be. I also nursed a baby sparrow in India, while living in one of the Tibetan settlements there. A neighbor brought me the seemingly dead sparrow, furious my cat had killed a bird (Tibetans generally don't like cats). It had been bitten on the head but came back to life. Wow, that was a lot of work, feeding it several times an hour. I made a little box and hung that around my neck on a string with a sock in it, a portable nest of sorts and looked like a lunatic for several weeks.

Ended up taking the bird on the bus to New Delhi, on some errand I needed to do and a friend suggested taking the bird to the Jain Bird Hospital, an extraordinary charitable organisation.

It feels good to be kind to animals.
posted by nickyskye at 6:46 PM on June 10, 2012 [9 favorites]


Ad hominem: " That is if that cat doesn't get him first."

DU: "In the 2 weeks later video, the cat looks so defensive about not eating the mouse. "What? I'm not hungry right now, OK??""

Are you two watching the same video I was? The one where the cat showed little interest, and NO hostility, toward the baby mammal crawling around?
posted by IAmBroom at 6:48 PM on June 10, 2012


Are you two watching the same video I was? The one where the cat showed little interest, and NO hostility, toward the baby mammal crawling around?

Look at the cat's eyes at 1:38. The cat is clearly thinking "You going to eat that? Quit playing with it and eat it already" and "Stupid creature doesn't even know how to hunt, I guess I'll have to bring more dead animals to make sure he doesn't starve to death"
posted by Ad hominem at 7:02 PM on June 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


Stuart isn't all that sweet (or little) when he's grown.
posted by squasha at 7:22 PM on June 10, 2012


I read that first as "moose" instead of "mouse" and as you can imagine, was very surprised by Stuart's size.

This one's for you.
posted by Evilspork at 7:55 PM on June 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Stuart isn't all that sweet (or little) when he's grown.

He's a well fed mouse, not a saint.
posted by nickyskye at 8:33 PM on June 10, 2012


I like animals, they make me smile. Hi little mouse!
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:45 PM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


What do you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?...
Scrub his genitals with a warm damp Q-Tip,
Scrub his genitals with a warm damp Q-Tip,
Scrub his genitals with a warm damp Q-Tip early in the morning.
posted by quazichimp at 10:42 PM on June 10, 2012 [23 favorites]


The one where the cat showed little interest, and NO hostility, toward the baby mammal crawling around?

Depends on the cat, I suppose. My parents old cat,Tia, was a terror to all small creatures when she was outside, so my Mom was quite surprised when she watched her completely ignore a mouse in the house. To Tia, outside animals were for hunting, inside animals were for pets.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:29 AM on June 11, 2012


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