Mice don’t always have the easiest lives. When mice are found in homes, owners try to exterminate them. They’re met with disgusted glances when they try to scurry from Point A to B. And due to human industrialization, even little field mice can find themselves in danger’s way if they happen to stumble upon a road.

While it is always best to leave baby animals, like birds and field mice, to scamper on their way even if you don’t see their parents in sight, Imgur user andtheseashalltell, could not help it when they stumbled upon a baby field mouse recently. Although the user admits that they are well aware of what you should do in a baby animal situation, they felt this was a unique situation, given the fact that the baby field mouse was on a very busy bike path and would surely die if no one intervened.

So, the Imgur user captured the mouse, and after realizing that a storm was heading in and there was no adequate spot to leave the little guy, took him home.  

They then proceeded to call a local rescue center to hopefully foster the creature. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t accept the little mouse. 

Since the mouse seemed strong and mobile, the Imgur user decided to take care of the little one. After some Internet research, they figured out how to nurse him and named his new fuzzy friend Martin.

 Without their mothers, baby animals tend to be weak and fragile, but Martin seems fairly strong! He loves to climb the walls of his tiny enclosure.

The Imgur user has been feeding Martin every two hours, keeping him nice and warm, and pretty much being a great stand-in mouse parent, in our opinion.

Although this Imgur user definitely was right about leaving baby animals alone in most situations, we’re glad that they were able to deduce that this was a unique situation and that this baby field mouse would have likely gotten squished had they not intervened. Now this little one has a chance at survival!

NOTE: As an important note, do not try to help wildlife of any sort unless you are trained. Find a local wildlife rehabber/rescuer or veterinarian ASAP, or call a rescue hotline. Here are some that might help!

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