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On the fifth day of Christmas the Branch came to see…..

Lots of mice!

Did we say lots of mice? 340 to be exact! In March we assisted the National RSPCA by taking in some mice from one household that had around 200! In April we also assisted again and took in some multimammate mice from another household of around 140! The Natal Multimammate mice are known for having many more nipples than a standard mouse – between 16 and 24 – meaning they are prolific breeders and can have large litters.

Unfortunately, none of the mice were neutered or separated by sex so the situation had spiralled out of control.

We worked around the clock to find homes for these inquisitive creatures and months later, nearly all have found their forever residence. As you can see below, Wensley, Brie and Phili have settled in really well!

Mice are small rodents who can be very active, generally at night and around dawn and dusk. They are a prey species and therefore prefer to stay close to cover.

They are highly motivated to build nests to help them regulate their body temperature and are sensitive to light and noise. They are very quick to move and need to be handled carefully to avoid injuring them. Here is some information from the National RSPCA in how to care for your pet.

Your duty of care
Owning and caring for mice can be very rewarding. Typically, mice can live for about three years. Although this may appear a short time in comparison to other pet animals, owning mice is still a big responsibility and commitment.

Understanding mice’s needs
There is no one ‘perfect’ way to care for all mice, because every mouse and every situation is different. It is up to you how you look after your mice but you must take reasonable steps to ensure that you meet all their needs.

Read the National RSPCA ‘s expert reviewed pet care information to find out more about the needs of mice and how to make sure that they are happy and healthy: EnvironmentDietBehaviourCompany, and Health and welfare.

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