Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Meet the Mice: Ood

At the moment, I keep a group of 10 fancy mice: Ood, Feynman, Malkovich, Duracel, Hypatia, Lise Meitner, Madame Curie, Susan StoHelit, Isgrimnur and Gertrud. Yes, I like giving my pets weird names.
Four of them are neutered males, unneutered males will fight eventually and fight to the death in some cases, especially when they have as much room as they should have. Keeping them in smaller cages can prevent fighting, but that's not really a solution.
All of them come from shelters or private rescues.
Here they are during the introduction, mice need to get to know each other slowly or they will fight.
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This is Ood:

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Ood comes from someone who "rescues" animals from pet shops. Unfortunately, that person doesn't have the room for all those animals and often knows nothing about the animals she buys. Not to mention that buying animals from pet shops to rescue them may be good for the individual animal, but the next poor creature already stands in line to be sold.

When I first saw Ood, his home was a pet carrier that contained bedding and nothing else. No house, no food, not even water and of course no other mice. Ood's breathing was so laboured that I could hear him from across the room. "Oh, he's already one year old, so why should I treat that" (not an actual quote, but pretty much what was said).
I took him home with me and treated the respiratory infection with antibiotics, after a week he was pretty much fine again and up for neutering.

After the four week-quaratine to make sure he really couldn't make any more babies he got to meet my other mice and he was overjoyed at finally seeing other mice again. He's the most friendly mouse I've ever seen, he loves all other mice, even those that are not that friendly towards him, and he still likes humans and will walk on my hand even without a treat to lure him.

Ood is 2.5 years old now, pretty good for a mouse who had already been written off! The respiratory infection comes back every now and then and the antibiotics can't heal it completely, but he's still the soul of the group. I hope he'll stay around to see his third birthday at least!

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In case you're wondering, he was named after the Ood from Doctor Who.

2 comments:

  1. Awww he's like your own little Despareaux and so much personality!! Love it!

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  2. hehe. Lovely names for your pets. I guess Duracel is hyper active and cute among them.

    Thanks for dropping by and for your nice comment. Appreciate it! Don't forget to smile today. =)

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