Man Scoops Up Baby Mouse Who Was Almost Run Over
Two days ago, a field mouse lay in the middle of a heavily used bicycle path in Burlington, Vermont.
A storm was quickly rolling in and riders sped past the young mouse, racing to make it to shelter before the rainfall. One person noticed the baby mouse's plight: Abraham Rash, who recently finished graduate school and was on his way to his shift running Segway tours along a nearby waterfront.
"I saw the mouse, and had about 30 seconds to make the call on what to do about him," Rash told The Dodo.
"Normally, I would leave a baby for its momma to find, but he was in a very exposed spot on the path ... the rain was going to chill him badly," he said. Not to mention there was a high likelihood the mouse would have gotten run over by another bike rider.
Rash decided to risk potentially getting bitten to pick up the seemingly orphaned mouse, who, at about 12 days old, was clearly exhausted and barely twitching. Rash then made a small nest for the mouse from a Kleenex packet and tucked him away safely in a bag.
"I called the SPCA and asked if they would take him, but they don't," Rash said. "The closest rehabber is over an hour away. I figured if he lived out the day, I'd try it myself ... Also, I kept mice as a kid, so I'm not a total stranger to how they eat, poop, live, etc." For the rest of his shift that day, Rash was worried that the mouse would die before he had the chance to take him home - but the mouse lived.
After work, Rash went to his local vet to pick up supplies, including a small syringe to help with feeding. He then filled up a rodent carrier and lined it up with torn tissues for the mouse, whom Rash named Martin.
Rash is now committed to feeding Martin every two hours and keeping the baby mouse as warm as possible - and while Martin is far from being out of the woods, he plans to give him the best chance he can.
"I think if I can get him to about two weeks, he'll start to eat solids," Rash said. "I'm pretty sure if I can get him on solids, and not having to be bottle-fed, he'll make it."
Rash said he'll decide where Martin ought to go next depending on how he acts as he grows older.
"If he's clearly more wild in temperament, back to the wild he goes," Rash said. "I'll take care to put him someplace far from any homes or barns, but I have no problems releasing him. But if he's snuggly and close, it's cruel to turn him loose at that point. I adjusted him to people, [so] it will be my responsibility to find people for him to stay adjusted with."
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