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The mouse lives! And The Flying Nun…

If anyone was wondering about the mouse from last week at the sanctuary, good news – he made a complete recovery after a couple days, and they were able to release him back to the chicken barn!

In fact, I think I saw him again yesterday. There was a mouse who scurried under the water bowl as I went to pick it up, the very same water bowl that I found last week’s mouse under. After I picked the bowl up, the mouse hesitated a second, and then ran to the hidey hole in the wall. Terry says that it does happen sometimes that the mice go under the water bowls (they haven’t figured out how to stop them from doing that) and then get cold and can’t seem to warm up on their own. This is how she knew that they often perk right back up after they get warm!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day at the sanctuary – sunny and hardly windy, and the temps were in the mid 60’s I think. Sally, a.k.a. The Flying Nun, came with us to the pig yard. She gets lonely in her quarantine stall, so hopefully she’s out with the goats today – they were going to hear back from the vet yesterday as to whether all the bugs she came with were taken care of. Until then, she has to stay quarantined from the other goats and the sheep. Yesterday she came with us to the pig yard, where she had a great time. She seemed to think that the pigs were great big boulders for her to climb on, and the pigs seemed perfectly content for Sally’s little bitty goat feet to scurry across their bodies as they bathed in the sun.

sally playing on the pigs

Sally did actually know that the pigs weren’t rocks – she tried to get Sassafras to play head-butt, but Sassafras didn’t even bat an eyelash.

sally head-butting sassafras

The cows were fascinated by the show Sally was putting on. They’re so curious in general, but they seem especially drawn to the antics of the little ones. I remember them doing the same thing when the two baby pigs, Otis and Petey, went in with the big pigs for the first time as well.

carlyle and ainsley watching sally

It was all very cute. I carried Sally back to her barn afterwards so she could nap, and she’s just the sweetest thing.


9 responses to “The mouse lives! And The Flying Nun…

  1. rich March 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Great news on he mouse. I wonder if they could cu a notch in the bottom of the bowls outer lip so a mouse can go in and out more easily and maybe not freeze up so fast? Just an idea not sure if it is practical.
    God Sally is so freaking cute and looks to be full of energy.

  2. Dino March 16, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Bravo, little mouse! Congrats on making a full recovery. And Ms Sally is ready to bring her special brand of serious joy to the world. Thank everything that’s holy that she can run and play with her other animal friends, rather than being tortured somewhere. Also, those curious cows are SOOOOO CUTE!

  3. Deb March 17, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Rich, the mice can easily go in and out from the bottom of the bowl. It takes them about a half second. That’s not the problem! Maybe they fall asleep or something.

    Dino – yeah, I mean to add in something about how Sally was found abandoned and starving, and she was a bit afraid of people when she first arrived…just 3 weeks ago! And now she’s gained weight, her coat is glossy and beautiful, she’s running around and jumping on the pigs, and you can just tell she knows she’s safe. πŸ™‚

    And Ainsley and Carlyle, the two watching so closely and two of the youngest cows, were fascinated! They are very cute too. πŸ™‚ Ainsley is a bit of a trouble-maker actually! (She’s the one on the right, the darker brown one.) She’s definitely got some ideas about the world!

  4. Mary Martin March 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Sally looks like my Greyhound Violet with those ears. I never tire of looking at them. I wish I had a place like Poplar near me. I’m green with envy that you get to hang out with the mice and the cows . . . and of course the goats.

  5. Deb March 19, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Sally is skinny and has the ears, she’s missing only that brand of pathos that Violet is so good at!

    It seems like the number of sanctuaries is increasing year by year. I know that some of them close as well (it is incredibly difficult to run sanctuaries), but I feel like there is an overall upward trend. Maybe you’ll have a PS type place near you soon!

  6. girl least likely to March 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    hooray for the mouse! and sally is just a peanut. what a clown!

  7. Elaine Vigneault March 24, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Those pictures are freaking adorable! Awww!

  8. Deb March 25, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks! Sally is a cutie pie, for sure. Next week I imagine I’ll have yet more picture of her, but this time playing with other goats instead of pigs! πŸ™‚

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