Reuniting Babies With Their Mother
Small rodents are excellent mothers and will often come back for their babies if you give them a chance! Rodent moms will also take much better care of their babies than any human possibly could.
Place a shallow box with the babies (and heat source) as close as possible to the original nest site. If you can’t put the nest back into the original location where it was found, put it as close as you can to the entry point the mother was using. A baby rodent should be left out for one entire overnight period to see if the mother will come back. Small rodents are mostly nocturnal (active at night) and are likely to come looking for their babies while dark out. Make sure to KEEP THE BABIES WARM – refresh the heat source as needed.
When a nest has been disturbed, we know that the mother rodent is often still nearby. She might be too frightened to come back right away, especially if people are near the den area.
What if it’s raining?
If it’s raining lightly, cover half of the box with a piece of cardboard. If it’s raining hard, bring the babies inside and keep them dark and quiet and warm until the weather clears up a bit. A mother rodent won’t be looking for her babies during a heavy rain.