Mouse Rescued in English Woman’s Teacup

By Marguerite White of England

One evening, our kitten was playing and as I walked past, I saw something very little.  I bent down and saw that it was a very still mouse, so I gently pushed it into my empty teacup. I didn’t want to go get anything else to catch it, just in case another cat pounced on it. The kitten was just staring at it and I think he was waiting for it to move. The mouse seemed all right and it was late evening, so I found a container to put it in until morning. I never saw an injury but could see that it was frozen with fear.

The mouse was all right in the morning, so I got a cage out of the shed, which had plenty of room. I added grass and shredded paper and a small container of water.  I also sprinkled gerbil food. I didn’t know much about what mice ate, so I improvised. It seemed to thrive and we had the little one for more than three weeks.  I knew it was time to let it go when it had become bigger and stronger, so I reluctantly took the cage into the garden and went to a shady covered area with loads of shrubbery.  After I released the mouse, I put the cage contents near it so it felt safe and said, “Goodbye little mouse.  I hope you find your family.”

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What’s most remarkable about Marguerite’s story is that she showed compassion for a small creature that many others treat with contempt.  Because mice are so often the victims of intensely cruel traps and poisons, it is truly refreshing to look to Marguerite’s example of compassion.

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Lis T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

What a sweet story, thanks for sharing.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Beverly G.
bev g6 years ago

gud on u lovely.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

The poster Laura's observations are well put. Terrific story to share. Thanks.

Marie Therese Hanulak

Ahh! Just what I would have done. All creatures great and small, deserve our compassion!

Belinda Lang
Belinda Lang6 years ago

The mice are safe as long as they stay out of my house, but when they come in I'm a killer. They are disease-carrying vermin.

Brigid C.
Brigid C6 years ago

oh how precious I'm glad the woman rescued it

Lyssa C.
Lyssa C6 years ago

Thanks :)

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

A few years back they were doing some building work on some field and i was walikng past with my mother.A woman with a pushchair was looking at the floor screaming.On the floor was a small field mouse.I picked it up and hopped over the wall of the church nearby and popped it on the grass.It quickly ran away.I hope that it liked its new life as a church mouse.

Carol C.
Carol Cox6 years ago

having had a pet rat named Herman the Vermin, for several years, i can understand her rescuing the mouse..they are cute when they are little. just keep them out of your houses... Hanta virus and other diseases are carried by rodents... use common sense