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Right to do this?

Post by Onetime on Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:52 pm

Hi guys

We have a mouse problem in work which we combat with those small devices that trap mice but doesn't poison them. Today we found a mouse lying motionless right in the middle of the floor, other than inhaling once every 5 or 6 seconds. His eyes were closed and he seemed to have no idea we were standing over him. Fyi the mice have barely been willing to step out during sunlight or move from their dark corners but this one was lying there right in the middle of a busy floor.

Given how evasive and hyper sensitive the mice have been when anyone has come near them I fully assumed that the mouse must be dying and decided to put it out of it's misery. I'm feeling guilty now and thinking that was a bit rash.

What are the chances that this mouse may have recovered over the course of a couple hours? Or was just in an incredibly deep sleep?

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Post by AnonONIagent on Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:15 pm

It sounds like the mouse was either badly hurt or very sick. There's a small chance it could have recovered, but those chances would be very slim indeed.

Aside from killing it or leaving it to suffer, the only thing you probably could have done for it would have been to take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center, and there's no guarantee it would have made it long enough for you to get there, nor that it would survive even if you had gotten it there.

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Post by scaredymouse on Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:31 pm

That mouse would not have recovered. The most humane thing to do at that point is to end it's suffering.

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