Thursday, April 1, 2010

A visit from the stork!

I never thought this would happen. Especially on April Fool's Day. It took me a long while to convince my husband of the blessed event, given the day. The kids and I were getting ready for Dad to get home so we could go out to eat, given that the new counters were installed today and we have to wait 24 hours for setting. All of a sudden my son comes running up the stairs absolutely frantic yelling, "The mice had babies! The mice had babies!!". Let me remind you that we have had these mice exactly one week and they are both female. For a minute I thought this was surely an April Fools joke but I realized rather quickly that my son is not that good an actor. So the three of us went downstairs and, sure enough, a writhing little pile of pink mouse babies. He had lifted the little hut off to get his mouse to play with it and discovered the pile. He left it off so I carefully placed it back and took my freaking out children out of the room and promptly called Pet Smart to figure out what the $#@!*&!! I was supposed to do. I put them in my office so that they would not be disturbed and that is about all I need to do, except give them food and water once a day. And no cage cleaning for 10 to 14 days. (!!!!!) My office is going to stink. I will say that we can't see the babies now because they are tucked nicely in their nest but they make these tiny little squeaking noises. We are all pretty excited. I can't wait to find out how many babies after all. I was too shocked to sit and count them but I am still marveling at how all those babies fit in that tiny mouse. I still don't even know who the Mama is but they both seem to be caring for the babies so that is good. So there you go. Lots of mice for the price of one.

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

We had two female guinea pigs when I was a kid, well we quickly discovered that one we bought in a pet shop was actually male... 8 babies later! They were so cute and fluffy, but we were only allowed to keep two :( Have fun with your new babies!

Natasha said...

lol my brother and I kept mice when we were kids. They were constantly having babies and we turned it into a small business by selling them back to the pet shop!

Anonymous said...

I am betting on the white one - she looked a little round in the photos!!
Congrats on your many additions!
Tuesdai

holland said...

Ah, the familiar tiny-pet "smuggled pregnancy" gambit! Please beware, though, for Mama's babies may themselves become parents very quickly if you don't sort the boys from the girls once weaned. Please don't let your little family breed -- the results would be exponential in number, and typically it's hard to find responsible folks who'd adopt mice. Statistically, most die from uninformed but well-intentioned mishandling, or as snake food ... for the wee mouse, not a pretty life.

Trish Preston said...

Oh my, baby mice. wow...sounds like a fun spring in your house! LOL!

Michelle said...

Awww, babies! Enjoy!

Jan said...

Hi, I had to laugh about your experience - do you realize that they can reproduce every 21 days? No kidding. Better get another cage.
Jan (P.S. We had a couple of dwarf hamsters - Jack & Jill - who we had to rename "daddy Jill and Mama Jack" after the babies were born. So we know whereof we speak!

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