Saturday, May 10, 2008

Introducing Pico

At this point, we don't know whether he's a baby Norway rat, or a young mouse.  More Googling for me.  I was out feeding the chickens this morning and noticed him clinging to life on the Polaris hose for the pool.  He'd evidently fallen in the pool and was lucky enough to locate the only floating thing available.  Wet and cold, we brought him in and Pearl dried him with the low setting of my hairdryer.  I was sure he'd be dead within the hour because of his ordeal in the pool.  Still alive, 5 hours later.  He's eating, grooming himself and leaving tiny little presents for us, so I guess he's going to be okay.  Pearl's named him Pico.  It means "peak" (as in mountain top) in Spanish.  It doesn't really apply, but it's a cute name for a cute guy.

Lucky for him, I like rodents.  I'm sure the chickens would have made quick work of him if I'd offered him up for breakfast.    


  1. Oh my gosh, he's the cutest little thing. At first, I thought you all had purchased him from a pet store, but then I got to the part about the pool. Weren't you afraid he'd bite you and have some kind of rodent/mouse disease? I guess I tend to be a bit on the paranoid side of all those things...he is really, really cute. So glad you saved him and didn't serve him for chicken brunch! :-)

  2. I'm with farm_girl. Here in NM, Hanta Virus is a serious threat. We don't take mice infestations lightly.
    Our newest cat, Jones is proving to be a great mouser, hunting and eating several mice a day. And we are very thankful.

    Your Pico is cute, though.