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30th Jan 2022

Adorable little mouse gets tiny sling after being attacked by cat

Katy Brennan

Rescuers hope to release it back to the wild soon.

A tiny dormouse has been given a minuscule arm sling after suffering a suspected shoulder injury in Johannesburg.

The type of injury is currently only suspected because the animal is too small to have an X-ray done.

Staff at Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital in South Africa found the “tiny patient” after it had been attacked by a cat. They have since been caring for it and hope it will be able to be released back in to the wild soon.

“He had been caught by a cat and came all the way from the Waterberg to us for help,” a spokesperson for the veterinary hospital said.

“We suspect that he has a shoulder injury – we can only suspect as he is too small to really take radiographs.

“Vet Nurse Jacky Spiby has secured the arm in place with the tiniest bandage ever.

“With cage rest, we are hoping that the shoulder will heal and that he too will be released back into the wild one day.”

People rushed to the comments to wish the little mouse all the best.

“How amazing, such fantastic work for such a dear little creature,” one person said.

“Oh my word, what a little treasure. Thank you for caring for all creatures big or small. Stay strong little one,” another wrote.

“I can’t even!! This must be the sweetest, most thoughtful rescue possible,” a third added.