Thistle be a big adventure: Baby dormice nursed back to health after they were found helpless in nest after mother died


Blissfully unaware: Their mother was found dead just a meter away from the nest but the little ones seem keen to carry on playing as normal

As places to play go, it looks like a rather prickly one.
But these baby dormice were clearly feeling up for a challenge especially when there’s a juicy blackberry in sight.
The plucky pair were in fact lucky to be alive after being found orphaned.
Geoff Brown heard their squeals coming from a beech hedge in his garden, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
He called in his neighbour Jen Bousfield – who happens to monitor the endangered species – to investigate and she soon recognised the mice were in danger.

The Three Musketeers: This trio were fortunate enough to survive the car journey from Cornwall to Somerset after a member of the public discovered them alone in their nest

She found six orphans in total in the hedge, with their dead mother lying close by.
Soon after, she and her husband Peter drove the animals to Secret World, at Highbridge in Somerset.
Charity founder Pauline Kidner said that sadly one did not survive the two-and-a-quarter-hour journey and two others had died later – but three survivors, including the pair in the picture, were all doing well.

The youngsters were rescued by a man and woman in the hamlet of Middlewood on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

She said: ‘They are being fed on honeysuckle, blackberries and chopped nuts and if their weight reaches 40g before winter, then we will release them back into the wild but if not then we’ll look after them for release in the spring.’
Dormice can live for up to five years and hibernate for as many as six months of the year.

The survivors are doing well at Secret World Animal Rescue in Somerset - playing on the teasle and being introduced to wild blackberries

No longer feeding off mum: The trio are being hand reared on goats milk

source: dailymail