I was doing yard and garden work yesterday, cleaning the buck barn and getting another compost pile underway, and moving old compost into garden beds, when I found a bundle of straw and leaves. Fearing a hornet nest I tore it open and found 4 tiny voles. Voles are a little like a mole and a little like a mouse. They are not as destructive as either, and can’t see except for light and dark, and they have these short little tails. What I had found was a small nest with four babies. I called the boys over to see them and explained that they wouldn’t survive, but the boys wanted to hold them and make them a home in a bucket, so I let them.
Later on my husband came home and begged me to try and raise them. So, as you might guess, we have all four voles in the house in a little shoe box. We are feeding them goats milk, warmed up a little, with a leur slip syringe as small as I could find. I had bedded them with some angora fiber from our rabbits only to find that was a big mistake. One of the babies wrapped it around his nose and we had to carefully cut it off. The poor thing was really hungry from his struggles. So far they seem to be doing well enough. I don’t know how long they will live, but we will try. Nothing like live animals to get your kids involved, that’s for sure! Here are some pictures.