I have yet to find the silver lining in the sad tale I am about to tell. Glenn stepped on a nest of three mice last Saturday while building an enclosure for the goats. A mother mouse and one of her babies scurried away. One baby received the brunt of Glenn's boot and lay in the dirt, too injured to move. Glenn called me and Oliver up to the wood pile to check on the mouse. There we found Sophia and decided to take her inside.
I did more research and read that a nursing mother mouse will often nurse abandoned pups. I wanted so much to see Sophia curled up against a mother mouse, rather than curled up alone in Oliver's sock. Oliver, Pearl and I went to a local pet store on Sunday to try and find a mother for Sophia. On the way we saw a double rainbow and thought it was a good omen. We found several mice working as wet nurses at the pet store. We took home a pretty mouse we named Rainbow.
I cautiously introduced Rainbow to Sophia. All seemed well and Rainbow even let Sophia nurse. My heart was full as I went to bed because Sophia was being cared for by an experienced mother.
Throughout the night, Rainbow was a caring, nurturing mother. Glenn checked on the pair at 6:30 in the morning and found Rainbow grooming Sophia. Then at 7:30, I walked in to the bathroom to find a scene so horrific, it made the face removal scene in The Silence of the Lambs seem like a comedy. I found Rainbow cleaning her bloody whiskers, standing over the back half of Sophia's body. SHE ATE MY BABY.
I kept thinking, a good person would keep Rainbow and give her a good home. Then I would walk over and look at Rainbow and relive the terrible scene. I knew I couldn't keep her and accept the fact that she had eaten my adoptive child. I drove back to the pet store with a pit in my stomach and returned her to the life of a wet nurse.
I guess not all stories have a happy ending. As my husband says, "You save a cat, it eats a lot of mice; you save a mouse it gets eaten by a mouse." So true and so wise. There are lessons to be learned at every turn.