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Can I release a mouse I rescued?

Species: mouse | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 18 May 2009 12:30AM | viewed 4492 times
Q Helen asks:

URGENT query - I rescued a mouse from my cat's mouth a few hours ago. It was pouring with rain so it was drenched and I couldn't see if it was injured or not. I've let it rest for a few hours in some gerbil bedding to get over the shock. The fur still looks wet but I can't see any actual injuries or blood and it's alert. I don't know what type of mouse it is and whether it will be OK if I just release it just over my garden fence in some overgrowth. The body is about 1.5 inches long so I don't know if it's a baby and if so can it survive on its own. I don't think it's shown any interest in the water or gerbil food I put in with it. Should I release it tonight or tomorrow or take it to a vet tomorrow? Thanks very much.

Q Our vet says: Often wild animals will do much better in the wild than in captivity. If the mouse is alert and not obviously injured it will probably be kindest to let it go at the earliest opportunity.
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