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Gerald the Field Mouse

May 17, 2007
The Story of Gerald the field mouse


Mindy from the SDGA team turns out to be a real hero when she was recently making a delivery to a house when she noticed sticking out of a small crack between the outside wall and the ground, the body of a field mouse.

" At first I thought it was the headless body of a mouse that had been killed by a cat", said Mindy, "but as I went to pick it up the body moved and I realised that the head of the poor little mouse was wedged inside the crack.

"I can only imagine that a cat had possibly caught the mouse as it had a nasty wound on it's side and that somehow the mouse had got away and in a state of fear had tried to run underneath the crack to hide and got its head stuck. It was awful, I tried to be as gentle as possible as I was afraid of damaging its little body but the more I tried to pull it out the more it struggled to get further into the crack.

"In the end, the only thing I could think of was to use a pen to very gently dislodge the mouse's head from the crack. It took a little while but finally his little head popped out. He was so beautiful but sadly in a very bad state of shock, so much so that he just lay on the palm of my hand without moving as I carried him back to the car, I honestly didn't think he was going to survive.

"I drove him to the vets and asked them to do everything they could for him but thought that would probably be the last time I saw him. When I phoned later in the day to see how he was, they told me that he had had a drink and that they had put some healing gel on his wound and would keep him in over the weekend.

"When I phoned the vets after the weekend I was overjoyed to hear that the little fellow had survived and was ready to be released back into the wild. The veterinary nurses had all fallen in love with him and had named him 'Gerald'.

"When we collected dear little Gerald he was a totally different mouse, bright-eyed and full of life, it was so wonderful to see. I was advised to release Gerald back in the same area where he was found and fortunately there are some lovely woods directly behind the house where I first discovered him so I released him there. We took a photo of Gerald when we collected him from the vets (see above left) and I would have taken another one of him being returned to nature but he was way to quick for me. Seeing him scurrying off into the bluebells was truly amazing."

We thought this was a lovely story with a happy ending and it was suggested by our greyhound buddy Linda Furness to share it with all our animal-loving buddies.

Well done Mindy for taking time out to make a difference to an animal in need!!

Very best wishes
Helen Stevens

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