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Hi All,

My husband bought our new addition, Minerva, 15 days ago from a shop that had mistakingly put her in with 5 males. The males were extremely small but the shop said that they couldn't guarantee that she wasn't pregnant. At the moment I have a very fat mouse and for the last couple of days she has barely moved, not in my sight anyway. She looks like she is sort of having gut spasms (apologies this is hard to describe). What I need to know is, is this behaviour quite characteristic or could she be in difficulty? Obviously if she needs medical attention I want to get her some pdq. Also, could it be something else other than pregnancy?

Thanks, advice would be gratefully received, Jo X
 

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Thanks for that Ian. This morning we separated the two cages so that she was separate from my other two does. After a short while she came out trundling about looking for them and seemed agitated. We reconnected the cages and the other two immediately made a beeline for her and she is now calmer again so we are keeping them together for the interim.
 

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An update really. I found Minerva lifeless in her cage yesterday morning. As she was the second doe we had lost in a few weeks I sent her for an autopsy to make sure that it wasn't us who had done something wrong in our mousey care. According to the vet it was the stress of pregnancy as she was carrying 13 babies and as far as everyone knew this was her first litter. I really am loathed to buy another mouse from a pet shop though as so far out of 4 mice homed, 2 have died. We shall bring her back home today for burial.
 
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