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Old 02-03-2013, 07:13 PM
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Hey guys, can you tell me what this is?
My gf just found it and I'm not experienced enough to tell. We are not thinking of keeping it but he we know he will prolly die of cold.





PS: Sorry if its in the wrong forum, didnt know where to post it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:17 PM
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Looks like a shrew of some sorts... doesn't look like it should be out alone.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:21 PM
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What can we do then?
Where can we keep it, how do we feed it, etc?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:26 PM
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If it's a native species why don't you put it back where you found it?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:30 PM
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If it's a native species why don't you put it back where you found it?
I should have stated that she didnt touch him, he's still where he was.
I know it's better to just leave it alone but I got curious of what he was.
She looked for a near nest or something but she didnt find anything. She told me he was doing a lot of noise but he was the only one there.

He will prolly die since it's very cold and was near a road.
This is one of those things... Do you "try" to help him and maybe end up doing even worse or do you let him be knowing that he will prolly die.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:31 PM
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If you've been touching it, then there's a good chance it's mother wouldn't want to know anymore. If you haven't then your best bet is to put it back where you found it and keep an eye on it from afar to see if mum comes back for it.

If you keep it, make a thread in the wildlife or 'other pets' sections or PM Feorag on here, she's done a lot of hand rearing if I remember right and she might be able to point you in the right direction.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:33 PM
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That looks like a very young shrew species, young mammals can't survive long without parents however I'd be reluctant to move it.

Are you able to get it to a wildlife rescue?

If you're able to rear it yourself (which I don't recommend), you'll need somewhere warm to keep it (a regulated temperature not just next to a radiator), critical care formula, esbilac and a very small syringe or paint brush. Baby mammals need round the clock care (hourly feeding and help defecating/urinating) so not something to take on lightly.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:45 PM
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My gf never touched him with bare hands, just lifted him with a tissue so I guess she didnt pass any type of odor.
She left him where she found him so there isn't much I can do and I think it would be a big responsibility knowing what we would have to do.

She will come back tomorrow to the same spot and see if he's stll there or something...

Thanks for the help anyway.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:46 PM
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That looks like a very young shrew species, young mammals can't survive long without parents however I'd be reluctant to move it.

Are you able to get it to a wildlife rescue?

If you're able to rear it yourself (which I don't recommend), you'll need somewhere warm to keep it (a regulated temperature not just next to a radiator), critical care formula, esbilac and a very small syringe or paint brush. Baby mammals need round the clock care (hourly feeding and help defecating/urinating) so not something to take on lightly.
There's no wildlife rescue near unfortunately.
Thanks for the tips anyway.
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