Seriously, look how cute they are!

Dh and I were getting rid of some old firewood and as we were lifting the last one we found these two cute kiddos. We only handled them with our gloves and their Mom ran when we were moving the wood. We stopped and put them back where they were. Do you think she will come back? How long should we give her? We are going to check on them when it gets dark. If she hasn't come back should we bring them in? I thought of calling the humane society. Dh thinks there will be nothing they can do. People see rats here as a nuisance and pests. I will feed them myself with a dropper if I have to. I have a soft heart for animals and love them. I had many pet rats as a kid, but none ever as babies or had babies. So I can really use the advice here. With my cat Roger it was pretty easy to know how to feed him and that his Mom was definitely not coming back. I ended up with 6 kittens all barely 2 wks old and having to feed them with bottles...droppers at first. He is now 8 and weighs 25 pds :) So I know it can be done. I don't won't these little guys to die.

Meanwhile, it was just amazing to hold these guys. See their eyes were not fully formed yet or ears. I also wasn't aware they were so smooth and didn't have fur yet. They really look like tiny dogs..lol.

UPDATE:

TY guys. The Mom, hopefully it was the Mom, came back and got the little fellows. They are now gone. Dh has been keeping an eye on them..to make sure the ants didn't get them.

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dancer
Jan. 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM

What r they?  Please write back.

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imamo...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

They are baby rats. I just had a friend tell me the Mom won't come back :( I don't want the poor fellows to die. Now this has me worried for them.

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sgr123
Jan. 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

You should probably just let nature take its course.  They are wild, so they are not going to be like the pets you have had in the past.  I have a big soft heart for animals, too, but I don't think you can do anything in this instance.  You could check with the Humane Society, but I am not sure they will do anything.  Good luck!!!

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momto...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

i would call the humane society.  there may be a way to help them......

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dancer
Jan. 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

The humane society does have a wildlife nursery they can help u.

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imamo...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

TY guys. The Mom, hopefully it was the Mom, came back and got the little fellows. They are now gone. Dh has been keeping an eye on them..to make sure the ants didn't get them.

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Sicil...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I am just a tiny bit confused by your udate..... "DH" (and please forgive me Im new to this, Ive been a member for a couple years but have never really jumped in yet) so Im not sure what a "dh" is. Anyhow you say "dh" keeps an eye on them to make sure the ants dont get them but you also say they are now gone....were these 2 seperate updates that combined?? Like first the dh was looking after them, then the possible mom came back....Sorry if this seems like a dumb and irrelevent question, I just cant seem to get closeure from this story until I have this cleared up? I probally sound so "OCD" (not meaning any offense to anyone with this disorder I tend to think I have some traits of it myself, if thats possible). Thanks :)

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imamo...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM

The Mom, hopefully it was the Mom, came back and got the little fellows. They are now gone.
(meaning they are gone..they are not longer there.) Dh (Means Dear Husband on CafeMom) has been keeping an eye on them..to make sure the ants didn't get them.(Means that every once in a while he would check to make sure that the ants hadn't got on them. Maybe the correct grammar would have been "Had" instead of "has".)

No offense, but I don't see how the update could have been that confusing. Btw, my oldest DD was diagnosed with OCD last year and no offense taken.

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jsben...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Our zoo has a program that takes wild animals that have been abandoned or injured.  If something like this happens again, check with the nearest zoo or nature center.  If they can't take them, they can often refer you to someone who can.

We've taken sick and injured animals to our zoo many times--squirrels and birds, mostly.  They'll let us call to check on their status, and will either rehabilitate them to release them back to the wild, or keep them on display for educational purposes.

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mama2...
Jan. 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

awwwww....how cute! unfortunatly, in the future, you should just let nature take its course. with rats or mice that small, there is little anyone can do for them. but they are cute as hell! 

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