Last Saturday, I headed out around 8:00 a.m. to grab a cafe au lait at Be Well before Bryn Athyn Bounty opened at 9:00 a.m. As I walked toward the car in the driveway, I noticed a a strange movement on the asphalt – a tiny field mouse, apparently injured, trying to move but with unresponsive back legs. I froze. Poor mousey! Should I put it out of its pain? That seemed like the kindest thing, since it was clearly injured yet conscious.
Did the best thing I could think of – called John, who was still asleep. Told him to get down to the driveway, double quick. He was down in less than a minute, assessing the situation. Naturally, HE wanted to take the mousey to AARK, a good 45 minutes away in Chalfont, but I asked what they could do for a mouse with an tiny injured leg. John put on gloves, placed the mouse of a stiff piece of cardboard & moved it under a bush, next to the steps heading up to the house.
I got into the car, pulled out of the drive to head down to Be Well, turned to look at John. And a voice in either my head or hear – have to think it was Ian’s – said, “Ask John.” So, I stopped the car, rolled down the window & asked my hubster, “What would YOU like to do? Take the mouse up to AARK?” I swear he looked just like the mouse in Ratatouille when he nodded his head YES. He placed the little field mouse in a box, placed it on the back seat & off we went.
Imagine our surprise to learn that the legs were fine, but there was a little smear of blood near her anus, which told the in-taker that the itty bitty patient – actually, a full-sized adult white footed field mouse – was probably about to give birth. They said that they would give her something to calm down, place her where she could burrow, then wait & see.
We are proud to report that she is now the proud mama of two fine little mouselings!
Which leads us to this week’s featured ramble – up to AARK!
AARK is closed to the public EXCEPT for one weekend in the spring & one in the fall, when we are welcomed to come as guests rather than to drop off an injured or apparently orphaned wild creature. Humans will have the run of the place from 11:00 a.m ~ 4:00 p.m. on Saturday October 7 & Sunday October 8.
John & I will be there! Will we get to see our Mama Mousey & her two little mouselings? Will they already have been released back into the wild? Come & see for yourself!