found our cat, Millie on the drive playing with a tiny mouse on a
Saturday evening. We managed to get him safely into a little cardboard box
and took him on the fields to let him go. However, he was paralyzed with
fear so we took him into a larger box with shredded paper in the bottom
and left him in our house overnight to rest. To my surprise, the following
day he was still alive. I did a little Internet research and discovered
that Ronnie was a baby Wood Mouse. At this time, he is about eight cm, half
the size of an adult wood mouse. So we have decided to care for him until
he is fully grown. We got him a funky little home, complete with tubes and
tunnels, a wheel and some nice, soft bedding. He is our house guest!
He is actually a fun little friend, and we are looking into legally owning
him (we are not sure if there are laws against it) as he shows no signs of
wanting to leave. He likes crawling on my shoulder and sitting there, and
will watch shows with me. We keep him at a safe distance from our cat, of
course, but Millie doesn't seem to mind him. Ronnie likes some treats like
Carrot and berries, and of course his seeds. He doesn't really let me pick
him up, but he will go in towel and let me hold him like that. Unlike most
field mice, he is actually very friendly and will let me pick him up
occasionally, but is timid around other people because his kind are not
generally house pets. He is agile, curious and a good little - and I do
mean little - friend!
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