The six baby mice in their nest tin.
The babies are four days old. Their eyes have not opened yet; they are mostly naked, and are very soft to the touch. They have the cutest little tails, and the most adorable little noses and whiskers.
We gently poured all six of them into our hands, and they stayed there the entire time. They did wriggle around some, though most of their movements were pretty jerky (a few did scratch their ears, which was cuter than cute). They made soft clicking noises, and whenever mom wandered by the rate of clicking increased.
Six baby mice in a human hand.
You can see their future fur colors by looking at their skin coloration. Since mom is a mix of black and white, we're suspecting that the dark colored skin areas will be black, and the lighter areas will be white (though we don't know who dad is, so we can't be sure).
Mom seemed pretty calm during the whole endeavor. She spent most of the time wandering around the couch, and whenever she did come around the babies, she just stepped on them briefly and then wandered off.
So, in summary, baby mice = cute. If you don't agree, then what the heck are you doing reading this blog? Weren't the caterpillars enough to scare you away?
Oh, what the heck, let's throw in another picture here for the fun of it:
Yet another baby mouse picture. The mouse on the left in this picture seems to be a runt.