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How do you look after a wild mouse?

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2009-01-28 07:21:06
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You can get diseases from handling a wild mouse. If you have children, your kids are more susceptible to catch diseases because their immune system is not as strong as ours. Examples from a BU study include: * Argentine hemorrhagic fever * Bolivian hemorrhagic fever * Endemic typhus * Francisella tularensis * Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome * Helicobacter cinaedi * Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome * Hymenolepsis diminuta * Hymenolepsis nana * Lassa fever * Leptospirosis * Listeriosis * Lymphocytic choriomeningitis * Ornithonyssus bacoti-induced dermatitis * Plague * Rabies * Rickettsialpox * Salmonellosis * Spirillum minus * Streptobacillus moniliformis * Tick-borne relapsing fever * Trichophyton mentagrophytes * Venezuelan hemmorhagic fever * Yersinia enterocolitica Here is more input: * Boy, did you ever bring back memories for me. When I was 38 years old there was some land being cleared across the street. As my husband and I were walking along we heard this little squeak and I looked down and saw a baby mouse (my husband still says it was a white rat. LOL) and it had hardly any hair on it although it's little eyes were open. Well, I'm soft-hearted and I brought it home. I fed it warm milk with a little honey (just a tad) and soaked strong paper toweling in the milk and fed it approx. 1/2 hour all day and even into the night. I put some cotton in a box and put it in a larger box and kept a good eye on the little guy with some wood chips to poop in and I kept it clean and changed it every day. My intentions were to let it mature and then take it down to my mother-in-law's field and let it go. Yeah right! This little sweet mouse (or rat) grew up faster than I thought and chewed a hole through the large cardboard box and reeked havoc in my house by chewing the electrical wiring from behind my stove, chewed some of my shoes, the edges of my carpets, etc. We tried catching him several times with no luck. Even our dog at the time had become friends with it! LOL So, I got the bright idea to get some cheese. I put a tiny spec near the back of the stove, then a little larger piece a bit further away and then the "big mama" hunk in the middle of the kitchen floor. Well! That mouse was furious that I put the best part of the cheese in the middle of the floor, but he got it. What happened? He just got fat! He was so fat he practically rolled where he went, so it was easy to corner him by the front door and I grabbed him (had electrical wire gloves on) and got him down to the field. Thought you might enjoy that story and yes, you can do the same thing, but don't be stupid like me and put it in a cage until it's old enough to get out in a field. * You can take it in and feed it what you would feed a pet mice. They will probably not live as long because they are use tof running in the wild and eating grass but whats the difference they will die outside. * Leave the babies with their mom and pretend there not even there because if you touch with them then you might accidentally kill them! take it easy and slow and try not to frighten them. you can feed the mama mouse pretty much anything, except for, Oreo cookies and also never feed them milk because milk has a bad ingredient that will surely kill the poor mice a just stay calm! I've also heard you can feed them carrots and or apples

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