Monday, October 18, 2004

More mouse pictures

The babies are now six days old; they've grown a lot in the past two days. They're starting to get the faintest hints of fur, their ears are growing out, they're getting more pigmented, and their tails are longer. They're also getting much more muscle control: they can crawl shakily now, though they're definitely not running sprints yet. Their preferred behavior is still lying in one spot and sleeping, closely followed by scratching their ears.

We had another little photo shoot today, and have also chosen some temporary (wildly original) names for the mice based on their patterns.

Three of the six day old mouse babies
From left to right: Ace, Genie, and Runt. Ace is marked with a dot (and also a small stripe), Genie has what looks like a little lamp on its back, and Runt is, well, the runt.

Three of the six day old mouse babies
From left to right: Deuce, Wide Stripey (who looks much like mom), and Narrow Stripey. Deuce has two dots close together (which you can't see because he/she was being uncooperative).

Six day old mouse babies
Ace, Genie, and Runt seen from the side, with an adult human hand in the picture for scale.

What was mom doing during our photo shoot? Playing in some empty egg cartons we'd stacked up on our coffee table:

Mom mouse playing

There are a few more photos on my Flickr page for those who are interested.

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I hadn't thought of them as tiny hippos ... but now that you mention it I can see it.
October 18, 2004, 9:53:33 PM PDT – Like – Reply

Those pictures are so cute! Thanks for posting them.

The mice remind me of very, very tiny hippos, I think. Except for the darling tails.
October 18, 2004, 12:08:21 PM PD