An orphaned wood mouse is pictured enjoying some creamy porridge from a milk bottle lid at an RSPCA wildlife centre.
The two-inch mouse was found in Terret Close, in Walsall, near to the body of his dead mum on Thursday (17 August). The mouse – thought to be around two weeks old – was transferred to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, where he is being fed a diet of porridge and digestive biscuits to help him grow.
The mouse was fed porridge through a pipette four times a day when he first arrived, but has since started to feed himself from the milk bottle top.
Lee Stewart, manager of the centre, said: “Porridge works well for our orphaned mice, it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals. They get fed porridge twice a day, as well as crumbled up digestive biscuits as part of a cereal-based diet. They will be ready to go back to the wild before we know it.”
Any who finds a wild animal in need of help should call the RSPCA 24hr emergency line on 0300 1234 999. For more information on what to if you find an orphaned or injured wild animal, visit the RSPCA website at: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife.
The RSPCA is a charity relies on public donations to exist. Anyone who would like to support the vital work of Stapeley Grange can text RSPCA2 to 70007. Texts cost £3 + standard network rate.