||Five years old|
||Goshen, New York, USA|
had this little darling for about five years. We first rescued
another deer mouse when our neighbors were cleaning out their shed. My
son noticed a tiny baby and later found that the rest of her family had
been killed by the neighbors. He took the baby, we named her Katie and
we had her for a couple of months before she escaped and we caught her
with a humane mouse trap. She managed to get out again and this time it
was more than a week.
I noticed that there were droppings and nests in one of my bottom
kitchen drawers. The strange thing was that there were droppings and
(sort of) nests on either side. I also noticed that the droppings were a
different. I knew Katie's were on one side, and what was on the other
side was not the same. We put out the traps and lo and behold, caught
another little girl. We named her Kellie. We got Katie back too, and I
was thinking of putting them together if they were the same gender and
if I found that it would be OK to do so. I hadn't determined the new
one's gender yet. Before we had a chance to figure things out, Katie
died. I don't know why she died or what really happened. I just found
her that way one morning.
Kellie turned out to be female also and has been with us ever since. She
is a total joy. At first I felt so guilty for keeping a creature that
should be free. But she has a huge habitat and is healthy and happy.
When I read that these little darlings only live one to two years in the
wild I thought that a longer life has to be a gift. I mean, she is not
missing a thing, except for dodging predators. She has been everywhere with
us. We have traveled hundreds of miles in the past two months and
wherever we go, she just comes along and adjusts better than we do. We
love our little girl. Just look how cute she is.