|No, this isn't the exact one. I was so focused on rescue |
that I forgot to take a picture of it. *head smack*
Upon further research (and a call to the local animal rescue), we discovered that the little guy was a vole. And that it would die if we didn’t do something…
And so began the mission to save it’s life.
My family contributed the following rescue tools:
One plastic, flexible garden stake
One quality butterfly net
One small piece of cardboard
One delicious piece of leaf lettuce
These tools are proven to work. I would highly recommend them to anyone trying to rescue a vole from a window well.
Anyway, back to the story…
When I first descended into the window well to retrieve the little guy, he turned into a frozen statue and played dead.
He wedged himself into a corner, so I used the flexible stake to carefully nudge him out. Finally free of the corner, the little guy was totally and completely confused as to what it should do (yes, I know what the Vole was thinking – trust me, those little black eyes were confused).
I placed the tantalizing bit of leaf lettuce at the opening of the butterfly net, put the piece of cardboard behind him, and gently guided him to the opening. Once he scampered into the net, I was able to successfully lift him from the window well and carry him to a location where he (hopefully) will stay out of trouble.
My reward: The satisfaction of helping a tiny animal in need
His reward: The juicy piece of lettuce, which he quickly confiscated as his own
|I know that isn't leaf lettuce the vole's eating, but it's close enough. :)|